Ar­rest in fire­men deaths probe

Bray People - - Front Page - Mary FOG­A­RTY

A MAN ar­rested last Fri­day in con­nec­tion with a fa­tal fire in which lo­cal fire­men Brian Mur­ray and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy were killed was taken from his Ark­low home at 7 a.m., ac­cord­ing to a source within the fire ser­vice.

The source added that it is thought that a com­puter, a mo­bile phone and some pa­per­work were also seized from the house of the man who is in his 40s.

Gar­daí con­firmed last Fri­day morn­ing that a man had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and was be­ing ques­tioned at Bray Garda Sta­tion.

The man was re­leased at mid­night af­ter sev­eral hours of ques­tion­ing and a file is be­ing pre­pared for the DPP.

He had been ar­rested that day un­der Sec­tion 13 of the Non Fa­tal Of­fences Against the Per­son Act.

Bray men Brian Mur­ray, 46, and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy, 25, were killed when an un­used ware­house at Ade­laide Vil­las went up in smoke on Septem­ber 26 last year.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Lerni­han said that the ar­rest was part of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last year’s tragedy. Fam­ily mem­bers of the two dead fire­men wel­comed the ar­rest in the hope that it will sig­nal an end to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in sight.

‘We’re happy with the progress that has been made in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,’ said Dar­ren Mur­phy - a spokesman for both the Mur­rays and the O’Shaugh­nessys.

Over the past 12 months, in­ves­ti­ga­tions in to the tragedy have been un­der­way - car­ried out by the Garda Foren­sic Unit, the Garda Health and Safety Au­thor­ity and Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Both fam­i­lies have been cam­paign­ing for a full-time fire ser­vice for Bray, as has Mar­garet Cahill who lost her sis­ter and nephew in an Old­court Blaze a num­ber of years ago. Eight peo­ple have died in Old­court as a re­sult of fires in the Es­tate.

There will be a Mass on Satur­day at the Holy Redeemer on Bray’s Main Street to mark the an­niver­sary of the two deaths. Brian’s widow Mary Mur­ray will not at­tend as she will be in New York with the city’s fire ser­vice.

Poignant re­minders at the scene of the fire tragedy in Bray.

Bray Garda Sta­tion where the man was ques­tioned.

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