Min­is­ter ‘takes the easy op­tion’ on fire ser­vice

PLAY­ING SAFE FIRE SER­VICE A ‘MAT­TER FOR COUN­CIL’

Bray People - - Kilmacanoguediary - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.

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