The Amber Refuge in Kilkenny – a vital service in the county for victims of domestic abuse – has received a funding increase of almost 30% since 2014.
Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the departmental funding to each domestic violence refuge in each of the past five years.
In a written response, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said: “Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence whether in the context of the family or otherwise.
“At all times, Tusla’s key priority is to ensure that the needs of victims of domestic violence are being met in the best way possible.
“A network of some 60 organisations provide services to victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence in Ireland, including 20 services providing emergency refuge accommodation to women and children and 24 community-based domestic violence services.”
Details of total Tusla funding for the domestic violence service show that in 2014 the Amber Kilkenny Women's Refuge received €389,239 and in 2015 this had jumped to €488,968.
Last year, the Tusla funding was €488,968 and up to June this year Amber received €493,968.
Tusla does not hold funding details for domestic violence services prior to 2014 as these services were previously delivered through the Health Service Executive.