Councillors from the Ardee Municipal District want to compile a list of local defibrillators to provide to the public – so those who need to make use of them are aware of where they can be found.
The news comes after Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue tabled a motion at last Thursday’s meeting asking the council to provide a list of whereabouts of defibrillators in the Ardee and Mid-Louth as a public service – on their website and at points around Ardee town and Mid-Louth. The council told her that they to not own or maintain any of the life-saving devices in Mid-Louth.
“I think it’s an important question and it could in theory save a life,” Minogue said at the meeting. “If it’s an important question for a fireman, it’s an important question for all of us.”
Her fellow councillors were all behind the motion with Minogue’s Fine Gael colleague Colm Markey saying, “It’s a worthwhile motion. Between football clubs, schools and everything, there’s lots of defibrillators. There’s a lot of work to build them up to standard. We need to work to identify where they are and then ensure they are available.”
“It’s important that we have a list – whether it’s the council’s job or the HSE’s job – we should have some level of a record,” he added.
Sinn Fein councillor Pearse McGeough said he was “100% behind the motion” adding “making them available and accessible is the problem.” His party colleague Tom Cunningham said that often the issue arises in identifying the person who is responsible for the device and has access to it.
“You’re calling people at home – a person belonging to the football club… and the man who hads it isn’t about,” he said. “Would I be allowed or insured to use it on a different property?”
“Identification and registration about where they are is a necessity,” Jim Tenanty, who sat in as chair for the evening, said.
Councillor Markey said that the Municipal District committee had “talked about putting some of the budget towards a similar initiative in the past.”
The councillors decided to discuss the matter at a later time, with a suggestion made of writing to local clubs and and groups to establish where the defibrillators in the area are situated.
Defibrillation is a treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias. A defibrillator delivers a dose of electric current (often called a countershock) to the heart.
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