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Defibrillator damaged in Mallow

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:58pm

Legislation must be enacted in order to deter people from damaging defibrillators, a Senator has said.

Dr Keith Swanick, a Fianna Fáil Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel, spoke after the casing for a defibrillator in Mallow was damaged last Saturday night causing thousands of euro damage.

Dr Swanick has published the Life Saving Equipment Bill 2017 which could jail and or impose a huge fine on those convicted of tampering with a life saving device such as a defibrillator or a lifebuoy.

Speaking on the issue Senator Swanick said: “The incident in Mallow is a disgrace because the defibrillator box was vandalised, meaning that the defibrillator will have to be removed until the box is repaired. The Mallow Search and Rescue group put this defibrillator in place with the kind support of the Credit Union in Mallow, so that it was in place to help people who are critically ill. I have been campaigning on this issue for some time because vandals need to know that there are serious consequences arising from the theft of or damage to life saving equipment such as defibrillators or lifebuoys.”

He continued to say: “The legislation is due to be debated in the coming weeks and the incident in Mallow highlights again the need for strong legislation to act as a serious deterrent to the thugs who routinely damage or steal lifesaving equipment all over Ireland. To put pressure on the Government I have a public online petition to support the Live Saving Equipment Bill.”

Dr Swanick has launched a public petition online to garner support for the Bill and put pressure on the Government to act. The petition has attracted over 15,000 signatures and can be signed at change.org/p/oireachtas-support-the-life-saving-equipment-bill-2017.

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