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Friday 15 December 2017

I am still dealing with Jill's murder, admits Tom

Miriam O'Callaghan, RTE, Tom Meagher, Advocate White Ribbon Ireland and Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, An Garda Siochana
Miriam O'Callaghan, RTE, Tom Meagher, Advocate White Ribbon Ireland and Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, An Garda Siochana

THE husband of tragically slain Jill Meagher has said he has "made progress" in dealing with her loss but admitted his negative feelings towards her murderer will never go away.

Speaking at the launch of White Ribbon Day, which advocates for an end to men's violence against women, Tom Meagher said dealing with the loss "is different as time goes by".

"I'm different this year than I was last year, and possibly next year I'll be different."

However, Mr Meagher told the Herald that he no longer holds violent feelings for her convicted killer, Adrian Ernest Bayley.

Jill vanished while on a night out in Brunswick, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in September 2012. Five days later, Bayley led police to her body, buried in a shallow grave 50km from her home.

"There's often an impunity that goes with this kind of violence. It goes alongside the social impunity where there's a lot of silence around this issue, and it's often viewed with suspicion," Mr Meagher said.

Some 48pc of Irish women have been sexually harassed and 42pc have experienced sexual abuse or assault, according to The Fundamental Rights Agency.

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However, Mr Meagher said he does not believe that the laws in Ireland are inferior to those in other countries.

"Whatever (legal) systems are going on in society, violence against women is there and sometimes it can be ignored," he said.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said gardai have a "very good track record" of convicting perpetrators of this type of crime.

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