Saturday 23 September 2017

Shane Phelan: No one will accept blame for tragedy

The scene of the Berkeley balcony tragedy which claimed the lives of six young Irish students: Ashley Donohoe, Olivia Burke, Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster, and Eimear Walsh. Photo: REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
The scene of the Berkeley balcony tragedy which claimed the lives of six young Irish students: Ashley Donohoe, Olivia Burke, Lorcan Miller, Eoghan Culligan, Nick Schuster, and Eimear Walsh. Photo: REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

Blame for the Berkeley balcony collapse is being thrown around in a most unedifying manner.

Half of the 32 defendants named in a civil action being taken by survivors and relatives of the dead have filed defence papers in response to damages lawsuits expected to be heard in California later this year.

Every single one of these firms, who were either involved in the ownership, management, construction or design of the ill-fated Library Gardens building, does not believe they have a case to answer.

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