A number of festivals across the region, that were at risk of being cancelled, have got a reprieve , as a new licence is being sought to allow Civil Defence volunteers to continue providing emergency medical cover.

A problem around the licensing of first-aid workers had threatened to close down some events.

The Civil Defence requires a licence from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council to operate at festivals.

The current licence was due to expire at the end of July, but was extended to the end of this month.

There were some concerns over its renewal, but the Department of Defence has now submitted an application to renew the licence, following engagement with local authorities.

Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe has thanked Civil Defence volunteers for their patience, and says that - with the licence issue now resolved - the Civil Defence can continue to deliver the professional level of emergency medical cover it's renowned for.

The Association of Irish Festivals & Events has welcomed the breakthrough, and said Civil Defence personnel provide an important service when it comes to the safe running of festivals.




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