Council to face trial on blaze deaths next year
Published 14/12/2011 | 05:00
WICKLOW County Council is due to go on trial next year over the deaths of two firefighters.
Mark O'Shaughnessy and Brian Murray were killed as they tackled a blaze at a disused warehouse on the Lower Dargle Road in Bray on September 26, 2007.
No charges have been brought against any named individual.
But the council faces four counts of breaches of health and safety laws after a joint investigation by the Health and Safety Authority and gardai.
The case was mentioned briefly before Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, where Judge Martin Nolan adjourned it until March 26, when a date for a trial or arraignment will be set.
Last week, the case was transferred from Wicklow courthouse after representatives for the council argued it would be extremely difficult to empanel a jury there that was not affected by publicity about or knowledge of the events, personnel involved or the council itself.
The families of Mr O'Shaughnessy (26), and father-of-15 Mr Murray (46), have maintained the men's deaths were not the result of an accident, but a consequence of council policies.