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New arrest in Bray fire deaths investigation

21 October, 2008

Wicklow Sinn Féin representative, Councillor John Brady, has learned that there has been another arrest this morning in the ongoing investigation in to the deaths of two firemen in Bray last year. While welcoming the development Cllr. Brady 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, "Today's arrest, the second in the investigation, vindicates the calls the families and Sinn Féin have been making ever since the tragedy.

"We 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. We reiterate our call 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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