10 die in horror inferno
Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30
Environment Minister Alan Kelly has sought a full report into the fire tragedy which claimed the lives of 10 people, including five children, in south Dublin yesterday.
The Sunday Independent understands that the local authority, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, believes fire safety was "not an issue" at the halting site at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines.
The Sunday Independent understands that additional people were staying at the fire-destroyed prefabricated accommodation to celebrate a Christening in the extended Connors family.
Ten people from two families are missing, feared dead. They were named locally as Tara Gilbert and her partner Willie Lynch, and their children Kelsey and Jodie.
The other family are said to be Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Jim, Christy and Mary.
The tenth missing person is Jimmy Lynch (39).
The blaze broke out at about 4am on Saturday. The alarm was raised at 4.24am, with six units of the Dublin Fire Brigade on the scene and a number of paramedics and ambulances. Yesterday morning's tragedy is the worst fire disaster in the State since the Stardust fire in Artane, Dublin, on St Valentine's Day in 1981 in which 48 young people died when a blaze broke out in a crowded disco. In August 1980, 10 people, including a baby, died in a fire at the Central Hotel in Bundoran.
Gardai are investigating the cause of the blaze but early indications are that it was not a criminal act.