CANDLES in memory of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, Olivia Dunlea and Amy McCarthy, were among those lit in Dublin to highlight violence against women.
There were candles lit in memory of every woman and child who had died violently in Ireland since 1996.
The candles were lighting during the launch of the Femicide Watch 2018 report by Women’s Aid, which revealed that almost 90% of women in Ireland are killed by someone they know.
The report revealed that 255 women have died violently since 1996. 16 children have been killed with their mothers. 20 women have been killed in Cork since 1996, according to the report, with nine of those killed by a partner or ex-partner.
Director of Women’s Aid, Margaret Martin, said that fatal violence against women is at the most severe end of the spectrum of domestic abuse.
She said: “When women call Women’s Aid and tell us that they are afraid for their lives, we believe them. We know just how dangerous domestic violence can be. We know where women are killed. We know how women are killed and by whom. It is time to act.
“Femicide by an intimate partner must not be accepted as a fact of life for women.
“Women should be safe in their homes and in their relationships. And we must recognise the strong connection between the killing of women and domestic violence.”
The murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in December 1996 remains unsolved.
Also remembered yesterday was Alicia Brough, whose mother, Maria Dempsey, attended the launch. Maria and Alicia’s family will mark her birthday tomorrow with a family party.
Alicia, from Rockchapel, was murdered when she tried to save her friend Sarah Hines and her baby daughter Amy when they were being attacked by Sarah’s ex, John Geary.