Council calls on sporting organisations to help fund defibrillators

Sligo County Council is calling on all sporting organisations to help fund the provision of cardiac defibrillators at their clubs.

Independent Councillor Marie Casserly originally had a motion down at the December council meeting which just mentioned the GAA.

She says funding can now be sought for defibrillators under the Sports Capital Programme.

However, Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Kilgannon asked her to withdraw the motion and instead come back with one asking for funding for this from central government.

Independent Councillor Declan Bree said he did not think it was the job of Sligo County Council to be calling on voluntary bodies about what to do.

Cathaoirleach Fine Gael Councillor Hubert Keaney asked why they were not calling on other organisations to do this.

Cllr Casserly later agreed to her motion being amended to include ‘all sporting bodies.’

She told Ocean FM News why access to defibrillators was important.