Cllr Ger Deere is calling on Mayo County Council to examine the use of smart technology as a measure to counteract the problem of damaged and stolen lifebuoys.

The cllr recently highlighted vandalism to a number of lifebouys stolen /damaged along the River walk Greenway from Castlebar to Turlough.

He believes the use of smart technology, could reduce the number of lifebuoys that are stolen or vandalised and the length of time they are missing.

He is proposing the installation of low-cost, low-power sensors and alarmed systems to provide information on damaged or stolen lifebuoys, in real time.

It would enable water safety officers to identify which lifebuoys are missing or damaged without delay and to ensure their replacement as soon as possible.

The councillor has been speaking to Midwest News Editor about the proposal...