Government face renewed calls to punish those who damage defibrillators

It comes after a number of defibrillators were vandalised across the country in recent weeks.
Government face renewed calls to punish those who damage defibrillators

Digital Desk Staff

There have been fresh calls for the Government to progress a new law to punish those who damage defibrillators and lifebuoys.

It comes after a number of defibrillators were vandalised across the country in recent weeks.

Work on the Life Saving Equipment Bill has stalled and it is currently on the stage three of progressing through the Oircehtas, being examined by Seanad Éireann.

The law would see large fines and prison sentences for those who destroy the equipment.

Speaking to Newstalk, chairman of CRF Ireland John Fitzgerald said the number of attacks is disheartening and dangerous.

"These are life-saving pieces of equipment and just in the last number of weeks there have been four attacks on these machines.

"One in Ballina, one in Sallynoggin in Dublin, one in Carlow and one down in Blarney in Cork have been damaged. There has just been a spate of attacks."

He said the defibrillators are usually put up by volunteers using volunteer money, adding that the damage is '"not only disheartening, but also dangerous".

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