Fianna Fáil’s Justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan has urged the Government not to put the issue of domestic homicide and familicide on the long finger. 

Mr O’Callaghan is proposing a bill to provide for the setting up of Domestic Homicide Reviews following the death of Clodagh Hawe and her three children who were killed by her husband in Co Cavan in 2016. 

Earlier this year, her family called for a fresh inquiry into their murders. In an interview aired on RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live programme the family said they wanted the garda file into the investigation released.

Last month, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan announced an independent study on familicide and domestic homicides to be chaired by social worker Norah Gibbons. 

During a Dáil debate on the bill this evening, Mr O'Callaghan said while he welcomed this study, he did not want to see the bill drift into "the great morass of issues that are under review".  

Mr Flanagan said the Government was seeking to adjourn the bill for nine months to allow Ms Gibbons complete her report. 

"It’s clear to me that familicide, a rare and appalling crime in this country requires a special tailored response," Mr Flanagan said, after meeting the mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe twice in recent months. 

Sinn Féin’s Justice spokesman Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said support services for those affected were "woefully inadequate".

Mr Ó Laoghaire also published proposals for the establishment of an independent, multi-agency domestic homicide review system in Ireland. 

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said the bill could have progressed in parallel with Ms Gibbons’ report. She also told the Dáil that 225 women had died violently between 1996 and 2008, leaving behind 125 children.