Special sitting of council to discuss fire inquest

A special meeting of Wicklow County Council has been called to discuss the new evidence that has been heard at the inquest into the deaths of Bray firefighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy.

The meeting will take place this Friday, March 14, at 11am.

During the inquest on Thursday, March 6, critical new information can to light regarding a tin can that the council and their fire consultant Michael Slatterty claim was found in the burnt out building.

The council, along with Mr Slattery, claimed the can contained extremely flammable material and was the most probable cause of the two firemen’s deaths.

During Mr Slattery’s testimony a garda interjected from his seat in the courtroom and showed pictures taken on the day of the fire. These pictures showed that the tin can was not present in the building when the gardai photographed the area.

Councillor John Brady, who was critical of the report submitted by Mr Slattery last November has called for a full investigation into the incident.

“The report — which cost €53,777 — has been totally discredited in the coroners court and answers are needed,” Cllr Brady said. “We need to find out who moved or put the can in the sealed off building and why.

“We need to see a full Garda investigation into this incident, but I will also be pushing for an independent investigation to be carried out.

“I will also be proposing another no confidence motion in the Wicklow County Manager Eddie Sheehy due to his mishandling of the fire service over many years.”

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