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 Maria BaileyMaria Bailey (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I wish Mr. O'Sullivan well in his new position. Like Senator Coffey, I have a couple of questions on the PAWS programme. My own school avails of the programme. Swimming is the best skill one can give a child. Providing an awareness of the dangers of water but also of the fun aspect of it at a young age remains with the child for the rest of his or her lives. How can we support raising that awareness further? Does the organisation plan to have more awareness campaigns?

I used to teach swimming, lifesaving and CPR many years ago on a voluntary basis, so I fully recognise, endorse and support the work of the organisation and the many volunteers. More often than not, volunteers go unrecognised but swimming is a skill that stays with people all their lives. I commend the organisation on all its work and wish Mr. O'Sullivan well in his new post.


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