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Five heart attack victims saved by defibrillators at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport emergency response teams are believed to have saved the lives of 25 people since the introduction of its heart defibrillation programme in 2002.

Last year, five lives may have been saved through the rapid use of defibrillators on people who suffered a heart attack in the airport, according to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

In all, 130 airport police officers are trained to use any the 50 defibrillators located throughout the airport campus.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison, said the saving of lives in this way was a critical part of airport operations.

"Twenty-five people are alive today because of our defibrillator and CPR training programme. With an average of 60,000 passengers arriving and departing through the airport on a daily basis, we need to be ready to respond swiftly to cardiac emergencies."

Last month the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) recommended that any national plan to increase the public availability of defibrillators should target places associated with a higher incidence of cardiac arrest. HIQA also recommends establishing a national defibrillator register.

Measures should also be introduced to encourage more people to learn about, and use, the devices.

HIQA found that none of the current public access defibrillation programmes that it examined were cost-effective.

Its report points out that providing up to 38,000 additional defibrillators would cost up to €105m over the first five years and save an additional 10 lives annually.

There are around 9,000 defibrillators currently available in Ireland.

Tax breaks to lure Hollywood here

enhanced tax breaks for the film and TV sector could bring more Hollywood stars and film producers to Ireland.

Changes will increase the value of Section 481 tax relief to 32pc of qualifying expenditure from its current value of 28pc.

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said: "Under the changes, the definition of 'eligible individual' is being extended to include non-EU talent, so major Hollywood actors and actresses will be included. This will boost the attractiveness of Ireland as a destination for film investment, and brings us in line with the UK and other countries.

"Ireland has developed a strong reputation as being a superb film location in recent years. It was a fantastic achievement to bring Star Wars to Skellig Michael during the summer. We have also become home to some of the biggest TV shows, including Tudors, Vikings and Penny Dreadful," she said.

Tyre rules not tough enough, say AA

Worn-out or faulty batteries are still the number-one cause of breakdowns in Ireland, according to the AA's Annual Breakdown Review. Flat batteries accounted for nearly one quarter of all the AA's call-outs last year. But the AA is more worried about excessively worn car tyres.

"The legal minimum tread depth for tyres is 1.6mm which, in the AA's view, is not enough. We recommend at least 3mm. If your tyres are worn, it is potentially very dangerous and puts lives at risk," says Conor Faughnan of the AA.

430 Irish troops in 16 countries

There are currently 430 Irish military personnel serving on Peace Support Operations in 16 different countries across the globe.

The largest troop mission is the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) where there are 199 Irish personnel serving, followed by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights, where 138 Defence Forces personnel are deployed.

Irish troops are also serving in Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.

Provisional figures indicate that the Naval Service has completed 912 boardings and made 10 detentions in 2014 for alleged infringements of fishing regulations during its 940 patrol days. The Naval Service patrols one million sq km of sea (over 12 times the land mass of Ireland) representing 15pc of Europe's fisheries.

Sunday Independent