9 women killed in Carlow and Kilkenny included in domestic violence report
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9 women killed in Carlow and Kilkenny included in domestic violence report

Three women in Carlow and six in Kilkenny have died as a result of violence at the hands of another person in the past 20 years.

A report by Women’s Aid released today shows a quarter of women killed in Ireland are killed by a former partner.

Since 1996, 209 women have died violently – the majority killed by someone they had an intimate relationship with.

In Carlow, three women have died in this manner in the last 20 years.

They were 22-year-old Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil in 2007, killed by an ex-partner; 24-year-old Lisa Doyle in 2009 by her partner; and 51-year-old Deirdre Keenan in 2013 also by her partner.

In Kilkenny the six women killed since 1996 were:

Marie Hennessy in 1999 who was 31, by her partner; 37-year-old Maeve Byrne in 2000 by a partner; 36-year-old Christine Quinn who was killed by a male acquaintance; 30-year-old Sharon Whelan and her two young children were killed in 2008 again by a male acquaintance; 51-year-old Siobhán Stapleton met the same fate in 2012; and Mairéad Moran was stabbed to death by an ex-partner in 2014.

Almost a thousand callers rang Women’s Aid last year to say they’d received a death threat.

The charity has been collecting stats to show the link between domestic violence and violent deaths.

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