Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson has urged anyone travelling in Europe, whether on holiday or business to remember the number 112 for Emergencies.
Martina Anderson said:
“I know there will be many people from Ireland travelling throughout Europe during the summer months, be it for business, a holiday or to visit family and friends. There are a number of things that everyone should check are in order before setting off on your journey.
“Ensure that any accompanying children have their own passports as many countries now refuse to accept children included on the parents passport. Make sure that your own passport is in order as again many countries refuse entry if your passport has less than six months before expiry.
“Unfortunately the difference in regulations has sometimes resulted in families losing holidays and even in some instances being stranded in foreign countries when refused permission to continue a journey.
“But just as important as these measures on passports is that you should be aware of the emergency number 112 in case of instances of illness or accidents
“Obviously, we all hope that nothing unforeseen occurs during a trip that is meant for relaxation and enjoyment but it is useful to know the quickest way to contact emergency services in the eventuality that they are required. So remember 112, it is the equivalent to our 999 but is recognised in any European member state, free of charge from both mobiles and landlines.
“A recent survey showed that only 26% of people surveyed in Ireland had heard of it. Worryingly that leaves three quarters of travellers possibly in a precarious situation where knowing the existence of the 112 number could save crucial time in an emergency.” CRÍOCH