Bray Fire Monument vandalised on week of anniversary

Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has slammed the vandalising of the memorial that was erected in Bray to remember Firefighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy who died in 2007 protecting the community.

laying of wreaths in memory of fire fighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaugnessy who lost their lives at a disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas in Bray on the 26 September 2007. Picture Shayne Phelan 26/9/2022

Deputy Brady said “I am absolutely appalled that someone would vandalise the memorial that was erected in Bray to remember the heroic firefighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy who died when tackling a fire in Bray in 2007.  Unfortunately, this is not the first time the memorial has been vandalised, this time it comes only a few days after their 15th anniversary when firefighters and family members laid flowers at the memorial.”

“This is highly disrespectful and insensitive to the two heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty and to their families. It’s also an attack on the entire community who think so highly of Brian and Mark.

TD John Brady gave a speech at the laying of wreaths in memory of firefighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaugnessy who lost their lives at a disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas in Bray on the 26 September 2007. Picture Shayne Phelan 26/9/2022

“Following previous acts of vandalism my colleagues Cllr Dermot O’Brien and Cllr Grace McManus succeeded in getting the council to erect public lighting at the memorial to act as a deterrent. However, the lighting hasn’t been switched on yet, despite it being installed a number of months ago. The council must immediately get the lighting connected, the installation of CCTV must also be examined, this is something that I don’t think anybody thought would ever be needed.”

“I appeal to anyone that has any information on who vandalised the memorial to please go to the Gardaí or they can contact me.”

(Pictures: Shayne Phelan)

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