The Labour Party is calling for a National Register of defibrillators to be established.
They claim the state should consider a repair and upkeep scheme for defibrillators and to ensure that all schools have them installed.
Attention has been drawn to the lifesaving equipment after the Danish player Christian Eriksen’s suffered a cardiac arrest during the European soccer championships.
Nessa Cosgrave who represented the Labour Party in the last general election says there an estimated 8,000 – 10,000 public access defibrillators in Ireland.
She warned that there is evidence that some are not being checked regularly and therefore may not be working.