Safety whistle fails to ‘blowin’
Despite the increasing number of personal attacks in Ireland, the cheapest and most effective way to summon help if attacked has failed to take off.
The personal safety whistle is manufactured from Britain and distributed here by Ultan Cowley from Wicklow Town.
He says he’s very disappointed the whistle has not been successful.
‘I contacted most organisations which would find these whistles useful including the ICA, Aolen and the St Vincent de Paul, however, none of these organisations has taken any action in either promoting or purchasing the whistles.
‘I had a lot of response to the whistles following a feature on Marian Finucane’s ‘Liveline’ programme on RTE before Christmas, but there has not been sufficient demand since then to enable me to bring them into the country.
A thing like this has to have a high public profile and the people have to be aware what it means when a whistle is blown.
‘It’s not that people cannot afford them,’ Mr Cowley adds (they cost just £2), ‘it’s just that public attention needs to be drawn to the existence of the whistles and to how useful they can be in an emergency.’
Mr Cowley said that the whistles which are similar to those used by football referees have a range of over a mile and require very little wind to blow.