Patrick Costello TD advocated for cooperation between TUSLA and the Department of Justice.
One initiative in recent years that I would like to single out for praise is the development of the district protective services units. These are excellent specialist units designed to deal with more sensitive issues such as domestic violence. They provide an excellent way forward for community outreach for the Garda. One point I always make in the context of these units is that we need Tusla social workers seconded into them in order that they can offer a wider range of services. That is an issue with which I have regularly bored the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Sometimes people need to be asked to dance. We need the Department of Justice to reach out to Tusla and say: “Our services would be better if you were in them, so come on in.”