Minister ‘takes the easy option’ on fire service
PLAYING SAFE FIRE SERVICE A ‘MATTER FOR COUNCIL’
A RECENT parliamentary question yielded the same old answer about the fire service in Bray. ‘It’s not our problem.’
Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for the Environment to confirm whether the level of provisions in Bray is satisfactory for the needs of the town and surrounding areas.
She also asked him when the three reports of the deaths of the two fire fighters in Bray are likely to be released.
‘The Minister took the easy option,’ she said. ‘He stated that all issues relating to the fire service was a matter for Wicklow County Council and that his Department’s role was to support and assist the local authority.’
He added that he has not been informed by the Gardaí or the HAS when their reports will be completed or if they will be published.
‘I have asked Wicklow County Council to make the findings of its investi- gation, when completed, available to my Department.’ Hundreds of people took to the streets of Bray in October 2007 calling for a full-tume service in the north of Wicklow.
A month before the protest, part-time fire fighters, Mark O’Shaughnessy and Brian Murray dies fighting a fire at Adelaide Villas. Their families believe that delays caused by the lack of a full time fire service contributed to the tragedy.