Pos­si­ble penal­ties

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.'

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