Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay North, Sean Haughey TD has said the installation of life-saving defibrillators in Garda Stations nationwide should be examined by Government to help save lives from cardiac arrest.

Deputy Haughey received information through Parliamentary Question this month which reveals that it would cost an estimated €130,000 to install a defibrillator in each of the country’s 116 Garda Stations operating on a 24/7 basis.

“It’s very often the case that a local Garda Station is in the centre of the community and in a very central, easily accessible public space in a town or village. Providing a defibrillator to the Garda Stations open 24/7 would therefore be a very effective way to improve the survival rate of cardiac arrest, he said.

“Defibrillators or AED equipment are currently not provided in stations, despite it being such a public place and easily accessible.

The rollout of AEDs on this basis would be an important extension of emergency health infrastructure for people living in areas not very well served by hospitals, primary care or ambulance services.

“I will be following up on this matter with the Department of Justice and in the Dáil over the coming weeks,” he concluded.