No book of condolence for hero garda at Mansion House
THE failure of the Lord Mayor of Dublin to open a public book of condolence in the Mansion House for Garda Tony Golden has been criticised by a Fine Gael TD.
The decision was taken because a separate book of condolence had already been arranged for the victims of the halting site fire in Carrickmines.
The Lord Mayor's office said it would have been "inappropriate" to house two books of condolence for the victims of two different tragedies at the Mansion House at the same time.
A spokesperson for Sinn Féin's first Mayor of Dublin City, Criona Ni Dhalaigh, said two books would also have caused difficulties with overcrowding and congestion.
Fine Gael Deputy Fergus O'Dowd urged the Lord Mayor to reconsider.
"It's important that the Carrickmines tragedy is appropriately and rightly remembered by the people of Dublin and they have a place to go to express their condolences and it should be equally so for our hero garda," said Mr O'Dowd.
"People ought to be able to go to an appropriate spot to sign a book of condolence and that has always been at the Mansion House," he said. - Claire Mc Cormack