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Water Safety Ireland Public Consultation

14 June, 2019

Water Safety Ireland is seeking the views of the public on a draft regulatory framework for aquatic leisure facilities in Ireland.

Following the inquest on 29 March 2017 into the tragic fatal drowning of Ronan Kennedy at the Red Barn Quality Hotel in Youghal on 14 July 2015, the Dublin Coroner made two recommendations:

1) That there should be a dedicated lifeguard on duty at all times at swimming pools and that the lifeguard should not be a person engaged in other supervisory duties; and
2) To recommend to the relevant minister that a dedicated water safety inspectorate is required to formulate regulations and ensure their implementation.

Minister Coveney at the time tasked Water Safety Ireland to review best practice in other European countries with a view to informing the development of an appropriate regulatory framework for Ireland.

Water Safety Ireland says it believes this can be a legacy that will turn this tragic drowning in to a positive regulatory framework that will help prevent similar tragedies in the future, to be known as ‘Ronan’s Regulations’.

Any proposed regulation could have significant impact on the aquatic lesiure industry in Ireland and Ireland Active will be hosting a consultation forum with its members on 26th June at 12pm at Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus, Dublin 15. If you would like to attend please contact 

Details of the public consultation are available on the Water Safety Ireland website

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