‘Good Samaritans’ get legal protection

“Good Samaritans” who go to the aid of others in emergency situations are to be given legal protection from liability in legislation recentlyannounced, according to Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn.

The new Civil Law provisions will help protect volunteers and good Samaritans from incurring liability when they give their time to help others in emergency situations without expectation of payment or reward.

“Many people are hesitant to become involved in helping out in emergencies for fear of being held legally liable afterwards for actions which they took with the best intent and for selfless motives,” said Deputy Flynn.

“In recent years, we had a situation where people would walk away from an emergency rather than risk being held liable for the outcome of their actions,” she added.

“ I welcome this legislation which gives good Samaritans protection from liability where they provide assistance, advice or care during an emergency.”

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