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Bray firefighters court case put back to October

The case against Wicklow County Council in connection with the deaths of two firefighters in the town almost four years ago was put back to 11th October at Bray District Court today.

Brian Murray, 46, a father of 15, and Mark O'Shaughnessy, 26, died when the roof of a disused factory at Adelaide Villas off the Dargle Road collapsed on them while they tried to extinguish a blaze on 26 September 2007.

Wicklow County Council face four charges related to alleged breaches by Wicklow County Council as an employer of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, between 1 September 2005 and 27 September 2007.

During today's brief hearing, Seamus Boyle for the Director of Public Prosecutions told Judge Murrough Connellan that it was intended to proceed with the case on indictment and he asked for more time for the preparation of the book of evidence.

Counsel for Wicklow County Council said it had no difficulty with that and Judge Connellan agreed to put the case back to 11 October.

Wicklow County Council faces a total fine of up to €12m if it is found guilty of all four charges.