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.