Bill proposed to improve funfair safety standards

Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has proposed a Bill to provide improved health and safety standards at funfairs.

The Health and Safety Funfair Amendment Bill is not being opposed by government, although there are concerns about the implications of the proposals which calls on Health and Safety Authority to play a role in regulating the sector. 

At present, there is no statutory agency charged with monitoring, inspecting and regulating the use of funfair equipment, which Collins has described as unacceptable.

The Bill would give powers to the Health and Safety Authority to ensure full safety compliance at all funfairs operating in Ireland.

The current legislation sets out that the owner of fairground equipment shall not make it available to the public unless such equipment has a valid certificate of safety. Anyone who wants to hold a funfair in a town must give notice of the event to the local authority and they must hold a valid certificate of safety.

The proposed Bill is currently under review.