355k fine for firemen deaths

Bray firefighters

Wicklow County Council has been fined €355,000 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today for criminal health and safety violations relating to the death of two firefighters in Bray six years ago.

Officers Brian Murray (46) and Mark O’Shaughnessy (26) died when the roof of a disused ink factory collapsed on them as they fought a blaze at Adelaide Villas, off the Dargle Road in Bray on September 26, 2007.

The Council pleaded guilty to three of the four charges made against it by The Health and Safety Authority under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

The three charges related to failing to ensure the safety of employees, failing to update a safety statement and failing to provide adequate training.

Prosecutors withdrew a fourth charge of failing to carry out a proper risk assessment following the council’s plea.

The Council will also face legal costs of €95,793.

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