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300 gas alarms for OAPs after scare

A GAS safety campaign launched after two elderly sisters narrowly cheated death in a suspected carbon monoxide leak will see free alarms distributed to pensioners.

Carbon monoxide alarms will be provided free to elderly and vulnerable people under a government-support scheme.

Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch (right) confirmed that a scheme which provides smoke alarms and panic buttons to pensioners will be extended nationwide to include carbon monoxide alarms.

Gardai, Age Action, the Blarney Street Community Association and several private firms have already launched a local initiative to immediately provide 300 free alarms in Cork.

It follows an incident on November 29 when sisters Eily and Noreen Naughton, aged 92 and 84, were overcome by the gas which is odourless and colourless.

The sisters are still recovering in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after being saved from their gas-filled home by neighbour Angela Marshall.

Ms Lynch said she supported the extension of the home security and support scheme.

"I have spoken to Environment Minister Alan Kelly and he has given a commitment that the scheme will now be extended to include carbon monoxide alarms, which is great news," she said.