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Primary Education

Calls for farm safety to be taught to primary students following Cork farm accident

A young girl was killed in a farming accident over the weekend.

FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC farm accident in Cork this weekend in which a young girl died, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association are calling for farm safety being included in the primary curriculum.

Tragic accident 

An eight-year-old girl was killed in the accident involving farm machinery, which happened outside Newtownshandrum. An 11-year-old girl remains in hospital with critical injuries.

The ICSA president Patrick Kent has again called for health and safety education to be included in the primary school curriculum, with a particular emphasis on farm safety for children in rural areas.

No child should leave primary school without an awareness of health and safety issues including farm safety and road safety.

“We have previously called on Minister Coveney to explore this proposal with his counterpart in the Department of Education and Skills, and our call has also been supported by the Board of Education of the Church of Ireland. However, as there is no evidence of any progress on the matter, ICSA is now seeking a meeting with Minister Jan O’Sullivan as a matter of urgency.”

Read: An 8-year-old girl has been killed in a Cork farm accident, 11-year-old in critical condition>

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