Dail Eireann - Volume 624 - 27 September, 2006Written Answers (26 Sep 2006)
Dail Eireann - Volume 624 - 27 September, 2006

Written Answers. - Water Safety.

Mr. Wall

Mr. Wall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the procedure to obtain funding for the provision of safety life buoys that are provided adjacent to rivers, canals and lakes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29906/06]

Mr. Roche

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Mr. Roche: Ring buoys are provided at rivers, canals and lakes by a number of agencies including local authorities. The financing of their provision is a matter appropriate to each individual agency or authority concerned. At the request of the relevant agencies, Irish Water Safety undertakes risk assessments at waterways, both inland and coastal, and advises on appropriate safety measures which would include the provision of ring buoys.

Unfortunately, ring buoys are often vandalised or stolen. This can lead directly to loss of life and I would appeal to all concerned to respect this vital equipment and ask the general public to report any missing or lost ring buoys.



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