The first 'phone box' public defibrillator in Dublin was launched today.

It has been dubbed the 'Heart of Stoneybatter' after its location, at the junction of Aughrim Street and Manor Street.

The device is designed to help a person suffering a cardiac arrest, by delivering a shock to the heart to try to resume normal rhythm.

The project was supported by Dublin City Council and the local community in Stoneybatter.

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade used today’s event to give free CPR demonstrations to the public.

The initiative to refurbish obsolete traditional Irish green and white phone boxes was first launched in Killarney in Co Kerry in 2017, as a way of highlighting the location of a defibrillator.

There are now 22 of the facilities in various counties across the country, with the roll out of more planned.

Stoneybatter resident Alan Ecock, a member of the 'Heart of Stoneybatter' committee, said "this initiative is so important for us in Stoneybatter and will help us support the community and save lives."

"We see this as just the start, and with the support of Dublin City Council, we might just see more retro phone boxes defibs across the city."

Brigid Sinnott, Resuscitation Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation, said "when a person suffers a cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10% every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation."

Ms Sinnott added: "if CPR is commenced immediately, a person's chance of survival doubles."

"Automated external defibrillator are simple to use, and need to be available, accessible and in working order to make the difference in communities," she added.

The Heart of Ireland organisation is hoping other community groups will take on the project to set up a 'phone box' defibrillator in their area.