Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins TD has said that that Health and Safety (Funfair) (Amendment) Bill 2017 which he introduced into the Dáil today is an important step forward in enhancing safety at Ireland’s fun fairs.

“At present, there is no statutory agency charged with monitoring, inspecting and regulating the use of funfair equipment. This simply is not acceptable in 2017.

“Last February, when RTÉ Primetime Investigates broadcast the sad story of a 12 year old who was severely injured following a funfair incident, it became clear that there is a legislative gap, and that there is no state agency looking into and overseeing funfair safety.

“My bill, if enacted, would empower the Health and Safety Authority to ensure full compliance with safety measures at all funfairs operating in the State.

“Ireland falls behind compared to our nearest neighbour, the UK. Unlike Ireland, the UK has a provision in workplace health and safety law to protect users of fairground equipment.

“In addition, there is a scarcity of documentation on guidance and safety for the operators of funfairs to rely on.

“In many other countries, people have lost their lives. To date, we have been lucky in Ireland, but we cannot risk it any further without adequate health and safety rules being applied to Irish funfairs.

“Funfairs play an important part in Irish community and family life. What our bill will do is ensure the highest possible safety standards and oversight, and will enhance the attractiveness of funfairs to more people,” concluded Collins.