Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and T.D. for Kildare South, Martin Heydon has announced additional funding will be provided to Teach Tearmainn to support women from Kildare and West Wicklow who are or have experienced domestic violence or abuse.

Teach Tearmainn, established in 1999, will receive an additional €43,260, Minister Heydon confirmed. The additional funding is being provided through the department of Justice by Minister Helen McEntee.

Minister Heydon said: “Teach Tearmainn provides a safe and confidential space for women to share their experiences and explore their options. Minister McEntee has been committed to tackling domestic, sexual, and gender based violence and I welcome her commitment to supporting the vital work undertaken by Teach Tearmainn.”

“Victims of crime need supports and services of a high standard, and this funding which was secured in Budget 2024 will help ensure they get that. Teach Tearmainn services which are free and confidential include helpline support, refuge accommodation, and one to one support and outreach.”

“Teach Tearmainn consists of 4 self-contained refuge units which accommodate 4 families who are fleeing their homes as a result of domestic violence and abuse and the refuge provides safe emergency accommodation for women with or without children.

“Those wishing to access Teach Tearmainn’s services or looking for more information can call their Helpline on 045-527584.”