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Ongoing investigation in to Bray fire deaths vindicate concerns of families

19 September, 2008


Wicklow Sinn Féin representative, Councillor John Brady, commenting on the arrest of a person in relation to the deaths of two firemen in Bray last year has welcomed the fact that this issue has remained a high priority for the gardaí. However, he said there still needs to be an independent inquiry in to all aspects of the tragedy and not just a concentration on criminal matters.

He said, "That this issue has clearly remained a high priority for the Gardaí is to be welcomed. The arrest today vindicates the calls the families have been making ever since the tragedy.

"Sinn Féin never believed that these deaths were a tragic 'accident'. We always believed that systematic failures in both methods and practices from the top down were the root cause of the deaths of Brian Murray and Mark O'Shaughnessy. Sinn Féin reiterate the demand for the island wide development of a single National Fire Authority as called for in the Government commissioned Farrell Grant Sparks report of 2002 and for a full time fire service for the people of North Wicklow.

"This tragedy was avoidable and should never have been allowed to happen. Those in authority -- right up to Government -- need to take responsibility for the failure to provide the resources and protections needed for firemen to carry out their duties.

"Sinn Féin in Bray will continue to call for an independent investigation in to all aspects of this tragedy -- not just the criminal -- and the roll played in it by the various agencies of the state and the local authority." ENDS

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