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Senator David Cullinane offers condolences to the Bolger Family following Waterford fishing tragedy

13 June, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking on the Order of Business in the Seanad today, Waterford-based Sinn Féin senator, David Cullinane, offered condolences to the family of Shane, Paul and Kenny Bolger who tragically lost their lives at sea yesterday.
Senator Cullinane offered condolences to their mother Margaret, brothers Michael and Anthony and sisters Paula and Linda. He said the close-knit community of Passage East and Dunmore were united in grief and solidarity with the Bolger family.

Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:
“This is a terrible tragedy and has caused shock and sorrow throughout coastal communities and indeed beyond. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bolger family and the wider community. The Southeast has seen far too many tragedies off our coast. They are all deeply upsetting and leave a trail of sorrow and loss.

“Yesterday’s tragedy reminds us all of the terrible risks associated with fishing and the importance of ensuring the safety of fishermen at sea. On several occasions I have raised the need for the introduction of improved safety measures such as the introduction of Personal Locator Beacons (PLB). A PLB is a small GPS transmitter that gives the position of the person and is worn as a watch or integrated into a lifejacket. It can help emergency personnel locate persons at sea and can work in conjunction with Emergency Indicating Position Beacons on board vessels.”

“Responding to a motion I tabled last year Minister Varadkar said it was a government priority that the use of PLBs would be encouraged for fishermen on all Irish-registered vessels and that his department would take measures to make the provision of PLBs mandatory under appropriate legislation. It is vital that the minister progresses with this work.

“We must make every effort to ensure that those who earn a living from fishing are properly protected and that the very best in safety equipment is made available to all vessels. We also need to value the importance of fishing and the many challenges fishermen face today.”

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