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Criteria as of 31st October 2013

  1. The Ireland Medal may be awarded annually to an Irish citizen or person of Irish descent in recognition of a long exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning. 
  2. In years when no nomination of sufficient merit for an individual is received the medal may be awarded by the committee to an Irish organisation deemed – through the collective actions of its members over a substantial period – to have made a significantly exceptional contribution to water safety / rescue inside Ireland or worldwide.
  3. Nominations will normally be made by Lifesaving Foundation members, Ireland Medal recipients, or national lifesaving bodies. The Chief Executive Officer of The Lifesaving Foundation will receive nominations from other persons or bodies and if deemed by him / her to be of sufficient merit such nominations will be placed before the Ireland Medal Committee along with others received in that year.
  4. When making a nomination the first step is to write a covering letter to the Lifesaving Foundation outlining the achievements of the person being nominated and his or her Irish connection. This should be accompanied by copies of any available supporting documentation. The closing date for nominations is 30th September in any year. Nominations should be addressed to the Lifesaving Foundation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the official address of the charity. The CEO will acknowledge receipt of the nomination and may seek additional information. To avoid possible disappointment persons nominated should not be informed of a nomination beforehand. Before making a nomination you are advised to read the biographies of previous medal recipients to check the type and quality of their work.
  5. It should be noted that the Lifesaving Foundation does not reimburse travel costs incurred by those attending the medal presentation ceremony. The Foundation does provide accommodation in Ireland for up to two persons sharing one room for a period of time sufficient to enable a recipient attend a medal ceremony.
  6. If no nomination of a sufficient merit is received the committee may decide not to award a medal for that year.
  7. If a number of suitable nominations are received the committee may decide to award more than one medal for that year or may decide to award a special medal mid-year.