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Wicklow Co Council to be sentenced over the firefighters deaths

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7:19 AM - 31 Jul 2013



Wicklow County Council is to be sentenced today for criminal health and safety violations relating to the deaths of two fire fighters.

Father of 15, Brian Murray and 26-year-old Mark O’Shaughnessy died fighting a blaze at a disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas in Bray on September 26, 2007.

Criminal charges were brought against Wicklow County Council which pleaded guilty mid-trial to 3 health and safety violations.

The council admitted there had been a failure to provide adequate back up and training for staff and that there had been a failure to review a safety statement for the fire service.

One fire fighter who attended the fatal blaze compared it to a time bomb and said that it looked like a 747 aeroplane had crashed.

Wicklow County Council has expressed sincere regret for the safety breaches and is facing a fine of up to 3 million euro at today’s sentencing.



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