Tralee Garda Station To Go Purple To Raise Awareness Of Domestic Violence Issues

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‘Go Purple Day’ takes place on Friday.

TRALEE Gardaí will take part in ‘Go Purple Day’ this Friday to  help raise awareness of domestic violence and the supports available to those affected in Ireland.

Minister Norma Foley, Mr Michael Healy Rae T.D. and Mr Pat Daly T.D. will attend Tralee Garda Station on the day along with representatives from support agencies in Kerry, including Catherine Casey from Adapt Kerry and Ms Vera O’Leary of the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

The initiative was proposed by Garda Stacey Looby of Athlone Garda Station. Last year’s event attracted public support and was widely shared online and in local media.

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Garda Fidelma O’Leary, Garda Victim Service Officer for An Garda Síochána in the Kerry Division said; “The colour purple has become closely associated with bringing about an end to domestic violence and so we are all asked to be creative with the unique colour on the day – whether you choose to wear it, light it up purple or bake, paint or sew with it – it all helps highlight the very important issue.”

This year, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee will highlight the day at Navan Garda Station, while Irish Rugby player and current Connacht captain, Jack Carty will be supporting his local station in Athlone and RTE’s Ryan Tubridy will be assisting Dún Laoghaire Gardaí in promoting their event.

Led by Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster and Superintendent Fergal Pattwell, Gardaí in Tralee will fly a purple flag outside the Station on Friday.

There will be informal discussions at Tralee Garda Station between all the agencies, Gardai, community representatives and guests. Members of An Garda Síochána will wear purple ties/socks on the day.

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