Arrest in firemen deaths probe
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.