Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson for Youth Affairs, Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has called on the Minister for Education to examine the provision of life-saving defibulators in primary and post primary schools nationwide.
Earlier this month, local man Tim O Tuachaigh who is the school principal in Gaelscoil Ros Eo in Rush, North Co. Dublin used an AED to revive a nine-year-old pupil in who collapsed in the playground following a cardiac arrest.
The Fingal based Senator raised the issue as a commencement matter during this afternoon’s Seanad business.
“The Department of Education must recognise the importance of this life-saving equipment for the tens of thousands of school pupils across the country,” explained the Senator.
“This young boy only survived because the school he attends happens to be temporarily relocated in our local GAA club which had been kindly provided with a defibrillator by a pizza company.
“There is no doubt that this AED saved the boy’s life.
“Defibrillators or AED equipment are currently not provided in schools. This shocking and traumatic incident has highlighted a glaring gap that must be addressed. The Department of Education must explore the possibility of introducing them in schools.
“The reality is that the current capitation fee provided to schools doesn’t even cover basic requirements and could not possibly cover the cost of a defibrillator.
“I will be following up on this matter with the Minister directly over the coming weeks and offer my support any campaign and initiative to see AED’s installed in schools to protect children and ultimately save lives,” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.