John O'Donoghue visits women's centre in Dublin opened by the AIM Group.

This is the first women's centre in Ireland and provides a wide range of services. The centre offers a small library on topics relevant to women and houses a clothes swap shop. However, the most important part of the centre's work is dealing with more serious problems.

One of the women tells how her husband deserted her at Christmas and she had to come to Dublin.  In the country, nobody wants to know your problem. Another woman says:

My problem was an alcoholic husband. Beatings, you know. I had to come to leave and come to Dublin here with my six kids for to get some peace of mind.

According to Danish woman Agnethe Grey, a service of this kind would be taken for granted in Scandinavian countries.

This 'Seven Days' report was broadcast on 17 October 1975.