Thursday 19 October 2017

Gardai raid council HQ in fire-deaths probe

Breda Heffernan and Tom Brady

THE families of two firefighters killed in the line of duty over two years ago have said they are hopeful they will finally get justice following a garda raid on the offices of a local authority yesterday.

Brian Murray (46) and Mark O'Shaughnessy (26) died when the roof of a derelict building in Bray, Co Wicklow, collapsed on them as they fought a blaze in September 2007.

In the wake of tragedy, the men's families called for an overhaul of the local fire service saying there was a delay in responding to the deadly fire and it was therefore already out of control by the time their loved ones arrived at the scene.

So far three people have been arrested in relation to the inquiry, however nobody has been charged.

An extensive search of the headquarters of Wicklow County Council in Wicklow town was carried out by gardai investigating the fatal fire. They arrived at 10am yesterday and remained throughout the day before taking away a number of computers and documentation.

The documentation is understood to include files referring to fire service procedures in the county, particularly in relation to the training of staff and their qualifications.

Irish Independent

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