WICKLOW County Council could face penalties of up to €12m for four charges against them relating to the deaths of firemen Brian Murray and Mark O'Shaughnessy.
All of the charges are under the health and safety act of 2005 and it is expected that summonses will be served on county manager Eddie Sheehy or a deputy in the coming weeks.
The most serious charge relates to training and equipment, members of the O'Shaughnessy and Murray families were told by gardaí yesterday. Superintendent Michael Lernihan and representatives of the HAS were present at the meeting in Bray Garda Station.
‘Gardaí told family members that they had recommended that individuals be prosecuted,' said Cllr John Brady on behalf of the families. ‘However, the DPP decided that there was insufficient evidence to uphold such cases.'
‘It is welcome in one regard,' remarked Cllr Brady. ‘ The campaigners have been vindicated. They always felt that there was more to it than simply a tragic accident.'