Katherine Zappone 'did consider' pulling out of Government over Apple tax ruling

The Children's Minister launched a new 24-hour helpline for Women's Aid this morning

Katherine Zappone 'did consider' pulling out of Government over Apple tax ruling

Katherine Zappone. Image: RollingNews.ie

The Children's Minister says she did consider pulling out of Government last week over the Apple tax ruling, but felt she had important work to do.

Katherine Zappone says this included launching the new 24-hour helpline for Women's Aid.

The group is calling on the Government to fund the service, as they are answering 41 calls a day and saw a spike on their website and helpline following the deaths of five members of the Hawe family in Cavan last week.

The helpline service costs €75,000 a year to run, and Minister Zappone says she will see if there is Government funding available for it.

She says she will begin the process of funding estimates with the Public Expenditure Minister this afternoon.

Speaking at the new helpline launch this morning, she said: "I considered [leaving the Government] at length over the couple of days, but I also was absolutely committed to finding a way.

"I have really important work to do in terms of the Minister for Children - this is one of them, in order to support Women's Aid and the services they provide."

Earlier, Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid, called on the Government to allocate much-needed resources in the Budget.

"We as an organisation have had our funding cut over the last number of years," she said. "The whole domestic and sexual violence sector has had their funding cut."