Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Irish Water Safety: Chairperson Designate

9:30 am

Photo of Pat CaseyPat Casey (Wicklow, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. O'Sullivan for his presentation and wish him well in his role. I thank him for the 40 years of service he has given to Irish Water Safety. Senator Coffey referred to inland areas. For some reason we do not seem to think of water safety when we visit rivers or lakes like we do when we go to the beach. In my own area, there have been deaths as a result of freshwater activity. How can we address the problem?

I recognise the public awareness campaign which has resulted in an improvement in water safety over the past number of years. An exceptionally good job is being done there. I am concerned about how we can educate people about safety at freshwater locations.


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