Thursday 18 October 2018

Tánaiste leads thanks to emergency services for response to Ballymun fire

Politicians on all sides of the Dáil today paid tribute

Emergency services at the scene in Ballymun last night
Emergency services at the scene in Ballymun last night

Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor

A very different and tragic scene at the Metro Hotel was avoid thanks to the work of emergency responders, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.

Dublin Fire Brigade and An Garda Síochána have been praised in the Dáil for their handling of last night’s towering inferno in Ballymun.

Sixty firefighters and eight fire engines battled the blaze which engulfed the hotel and apartment complex around 8pm.

Politicians on all sides of the Dáil today paid tribute to the emergency crews who got everybody out safely.

Mr Coveney said it was a “very significant and extensive fire”.

“The professionalism that resulted in no loss of life should be recognised.

“It could have been a very, very different and tragic scene, but it wasn’t,” he said.

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien said everybody is “very grateful and thankful that there has been nobody killed or injured”.

“We’ll return to this issue because there are lessons that will be learned from this,” he said.

Sinn Féin’s Eoin O Broin said the workers “deserve all our thanks”.

And Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin praised the “efficient, speedy and lifesaving response”.

“It worked so well last night. That is an incredible tribute to our emergency services.”

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