Marinewatch to re­ceive award from new Garda Com­mis­sioner

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

THE NEW Garda Com­mis­sioner,

Drew Har­ris, will be in Wex­ford tonight (Tues­day) to present a Life­sav­ing Foun­da­tion award to sui­cide-pre­ven­tion group Wex­ford Marinewatch.

The cer­e­mony takes place in Wex­ford County Coun­cil where the lo­cal char­ity, which is in op­er­a­tion since De­cem­ber 2012, will re­ceive an Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion Award for the work they do in the area of sui­cide pre­ven­tion and wa­ter safety.

It will be the Com­mis­sioner’s first visit to Wex­ford in his of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity.

Chair­per­son of Wex­ford Marinewatch, Cllr George Lawlor ex­plained that the first of these awards was ac­tu­ally pre­sented to the gar­dai many years ago and so it was fit­ting that the new com­mis­sioner would be the one to present one to Marinewatch, given the in­volve­ment of lo­cal gar­dai in it. Garda Su­per­in­ten­dent (des­ig­nate) De­nis Whe­lan, and Garda Neil Mur­phy are both founder mem­bers and ac­tive vol­un­teers.

A group from W.I.T. will give a pre­sen­ta­tion on the night fo­cus­ing on com­mu­ni­ties and how they deal with the af­ter­math of drown­ing in­ci­dents.

Cllr Lawlor said: ‘As chair­per­son, I am de­lighted that Marinewatch has been recog­nised for this award. There are no nom­i­na­tions for it; the Life­sav­ing Foun­da­tion has recog­nised the good work the vol­un­teers are do­ing. We are also hon­oured that the new Garda Com­mis­sioner will be the one pre­sent­ing the award given our close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the gar­dai.’

Com­mis­sioner Drew Har­ris.

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