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 Jennifer Murnane O'ConnorJennifer Murnane O'Connor (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

Most of my questions have already been asked but I wish to compliment Irish Water Safety. Most parents ensure their children learn to swim. I have never learned to swim but I have ensured that my children can swim. I will address my inability to swim. It is crucial that people are aware of water safety. There are swimming pools where I live, so people go to the pool all the time and not to beaches. With the weather in Ireland, it is a little bit tricky and people must make hay while the sun shines. It is the 4,000 unknown volunteers who do so much work that are always forgotten about. I agree with colleagues that education is the biggest gift that we can give anyone. Educating people in schools, at pools and at beaches is important because, like everything in life, something simple can catch a person off guard thus leading to the loss of a loved one.

How is Irish Water Safety funded? What role can we, as members, play in assisting the organisation? Again, I compliment the organisation. It is so important that people are made aware of all the dangers posed by pools and beaches.


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