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Councillor demands fire alarms for halting sites

28 November, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today demanded, "that fire & smoke alarms be fitted in all caravans in Council halting sites."

Speaking today in Dublin, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Following yesterday's tragic accident which saw 2 young children in Clondalkin lose their lives in a caravan fire it is now imperative that local authorities fit fire & smoke alarms in all caravans in halting sites. It is unacceptable that in all other local authority accommodation residents are provided with smoke alarms of the highest standard yet travelers still live in fear of fires in their homes.

"In the run up to Christmas the threat of fire increases so this work must be done as a matter of urgency. To ensure the work is complete to the highest standard and within this timeframe government must make all resources and financial assistance available to local authorities."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called for, "the establishment of a tack force of all local authorities with Ministerial & traveler representation to ensure this emergency work is carried out before Christmas." ENDS

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