Martina Halligan was aged 33 when she was murdered by her husband in May 1996. She was attacked in her home in North Dublin. It emerged during the trial that Martina had married her husband two years before her death but that the relationship had gone ‘sour’. Martina had made complaints to the Gardaí about her husband’s violence and she was in the process of securing a barring order when she was murdered.
Her husband, from whom Martina was separated, stabbed his wife 7 times as she fled from her home during a row. Martina collapsed, mortally wounded, outside her neighbour’s house. Prosecutor Gregory Murphy said Martina’s husband went armed with a knife to her home "with a view to getting rid of the problem in his life - his wife Martina.”
Michael Halligan was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998.
Martina is one of the 78 women who have been killed by their partners of ex-partners in 1996. Women's Aid remembered these women in a moment's silence outside the Dail on Thursday, 20th November 2014.
Remembering Stolen Lives
Reference: Women's Aid Female Homicide Media Watch, 1996-September 2014