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Adams meets families of Firefighters

26 September, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has today called “for an Independent Inquiry into the deaths 2 years today of two Bray firefighters and for the creation of a nation-wide Fire Authority to replace the current confused and inefficient structure.”

Mr. Adams this afternoon met with the families of two part-time Firemen – Brian Murray, a sub officer who was second in charge of station of 15 firefighters and Mark O’Shaughnessy – who were killed tackling a fire in Bray, County Wicklow on September 26th 2007

The Sinn Féin leader also attended a service in the Holy Redeemer to mark the second anniversary of their deaths.

Speaking afterwards Mr. Adams said:

“I want to commend the families for their great courage in the face of this personal tragedy.

“The deaths of Brian and Mark were an enormous blow to both families, their friends and colleagues in the Fire Service.

“Serious questions surround the circumstances of the fire, the response of senior Fire Authorities, the training of Fire Service personnel, the equipment being used, and the structure of the Fire Service in Bray and in the 26 counties.

“There is also serious concern and frustration at the competency of the various investigations currently being undertaken.

“Sinn Féin supports the families and supports their call for:

• A totally independent enquiry
• The establishment of a National Fire Authority, i.e one which covers the island of Ireland
• A Full Time Fire Service for Bray
• A total overhaul of the Fire Service nationwide
• And accountability for the deaths of the two firefighters” ENDS

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