Safe Ireland mourns loss of dedicated campaigner for women and children

Safe Ireland, the social change agency collaborating with 38 domestic violence services around the country working to prevent and reduce domestic violence, express their condolences on the passing of Norah Gibbons, former Chair of Tusla, the national Child and Family Agency. 

Ireland has lost a tireless campaigner for the safety and rights of women and children with her untimely death, it said.

Mary McDermott, Co-CEO of Safe Ireland, said that Norah’s dogged pursuit of the need for both state and society to recognise that disadvantaged and vulnerable families and children need high-level dedicated resources and specialised responses was a key contribution to the development of vital support infrastructures in this country.  

She commended Norah’s leadership on the ongoing study on domestic homicide reviews and her commitment to this work to the very end. 

“Norah understood the vital importance of safe and supported homes, for adults and children, as key to a stable, free and progressive society. Her intolerance for the way in which Ireland has, in the past, mistreated and abandoned so many women and children, particularly because they were poor or vulnerable, was exemplary.” 

Safe Ireland extends its sympathies to Norah’s immediate family and her wider family circle as well as her colleagues and many friends. 

For more information contact: 

Edel Hackett, Tel: 087-2935207