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Sinn Féin Councillors welcome completion of Council investigation into deaths of firemen

14 June, 2010

Sinn Féin Councillors on Wicklow County Council John Brady and John Snell have welcomed the completion of the Council’s investigation into the deaths of two fire officers in Bray in 2007 which was announced at the Council meeting this afternoon.

Councillor Brady went on to call for an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy in September 2007.

Speaking today Councillor Brady said:

“Ultimately I welcome the completion of the Council’s investigation into these tragic deaths. It has come as something of a surprise to most councillors here today but I welcome the news nonetheless.

“However, the value of the Council’s investigation is highly questionable given that the Council itself is under investigation by both the Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority in relation to this very issue. In fact the County Manager Eddie Sheehy, who headed up the Council investigation, has himself been arrested in relation to this case and files have been prepared for the director of public prosecutions.

“Sinn Féin has, along with the families of Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy, been calling for a full independent investigation in the deaths of the two firemen. This must include an investigation into the entire operation of the fire services in Wicklow as there have been serious concerns of malpractice including concerns surrounding the vetting of emergency calls.” ENDS

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