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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Young innovators impress Minister Kehoe with water safety drive

Minister Paul Kehoe photographed with the Our Lady of Lourdes YSI Project 'Water Wise'
Minister Paul Kehoe photographed with the Our Lady of Lourdes YSI Project 'Water Wise'

Minister of State Paul Kehoe visited Our Lady of Lourdes Transition Year students recently to see first hand their Young Social Innovators water safety project.

YSI aims to bring about a change for good in society. Laura Dempsey, Sinéad Lanign, Eimear O`Shea, on behalf of WaterWise, Transition Year 1, class group, said: 'All the tragic accidents that have occurred in Irish waters today have come to our attention. We strongly believe in trying to reduce these numbers of accidents and help save innocent lives. We are currently trying to introduce a mandatory course for all boat users to complete before taking a boat out on the water.'

The students are also trying to promote the importance of wearing a lifejacket while out on the water.

'At present we are working on a memorial service to remember those lost at sea. We are putting together an education pack for primary schools and we are also creating an advertisement to promote water safety. From our research we have discovered that many people have little or no knowledge on this matter.'

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