Bouncy castle dangers
Irish parents are being warned about the potential dangers of hiring bouncy castles from unregulated providers. Citing a recent case in Spain in which a young girl died and several others were injured when an inflatable bouncy castle came free from its moorings, The Irish Times‘ Sorcha Pollak notes that parents should ensure bouncy castle providers have an up-to-date safety certificate and adhere to European safety standards.
According to the Irish Inflatable Hirers Federation, parents should be aware that the cheapest bouncy castle isn’t always the best, and that safety concerns are key.
“Your children are the most important thing in your life, so it stands to reason that you should pay attention to some areas regarding safety for your inflatable obstacle course, slide, or even a simple bouncy castle,” it says on its website. “Like all play, a bouncing castle can never be regarded as totally safe, because all play has risks, but there are some steps we can take to reduce those risks.”
No phones for under-14s
Elsewhere, the Irish Examiner reports on a potential new law that would ban the selling of mobile phones with internet access to children under 14. Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Jim Daly, who is working on the new bill, noted that “The proposed regulation will also force parents to take responsibility for their children’s access to internet.”
Alex Cooney, CEO of Cyber Safe Ireland, called for increasing engagement and supervision on the part of parents. “There are some concerns about young children in particular using the technology and putting themselves in harm’s way. And especially if their parents are not supervising what they are doing,” she told Today FM. “We need to get parents on board as well, because we’ve found that there is a big gap between what parents know about what their children are doing online, and what their kids are actually doing online.”
Rising rental rates
Finally, Ireland’s average rent is the highest it has ever been, rising to €1,131 across the country in the first quarter of 2017 according to a new report from Daft.ie.
Ronan Lyons, the author of the report, said that “The rental market has, for over five years now, shown increasing signs of distress, with stronger demand but weaker supply each year. Market rents in Dublin, for example, are now 66% higher than at their lowest point. Outside Dublin, rents have risen 41%. A key part of the political reaction has been the introduction of Rent Pressure Zones.”