Fianna Fáil Senator Keith Swanick has written to the Minister for Justice and Equality calling on him to progress the Life Saving Equipment Bill 2017 which was introduced by Senator Swanick. The call comes after a defibrillator in Ballina, County Mayo was damaged.

Senator Swanick explained, “I wrote to the Minister to explain the urgent need for this legislation to be enacted into law. With the support of his party, independents and led by myself in Fianna Fáil the Bill has progressed through the Seanad. I am open to meeting with the Minister or his officials to ensure any issues they have with the Bill could be ironed out, so we see progression.

“The incident in Ballina this month is just one of many acts of mindless vandalism which put lives at risk. Community first responders and others have saved lives in our community with defibrillators. They are positioned in public with community access to ensure someone having a cardiac arrest has swift care and attention with lifesaving equipment. It is disgraceful that people would damage the device.

“It is not an isolated incident. Previously in Cork we seen lifebuoys damaged and go missing. I look forward to working with the Minister and his officials to ensure this Bill moves forward,” concluded Deputy Swanick.