Wednesday August 12, 2020

James McDermott: The risk of criminalising recklessness

We should think hard about making it a crime for people to put themselves in situations from which they need rescuing

22nd October, 2017
People attempted to swim in sea conditions such as the one pictured in Summercove outside Kinsale in County Cork Pic: RollingNews.ie

Forrest Gump’s mother put it best when she observed that “stupid is as stupid does”. The wisdom of these words was highlighted again last week when a small number of citizens decided that the appropriate way to meet Storm Ophelia was head-on, with sea swimming taking place in Salthill, kite-surfing in Louth and sailing in Wexford.

These assorted water-sport enthusiasts were potentially endangering not only their own safety, but also that...

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