Coun­cil re­quests garda tapes for in­quest

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WICK­LOW County Coun­cil's le­gal team re­quested that record­ings of phone calls made at Bray Garda Sta­tion dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deaths of fire­men Brian Mur­ray and Mark O'Shaugh­nessy be made avail­able to them.

How­ever, gar­dai say it is un­likely that any tapes ex­ist.

The re­quest for the tapes was made by se­nior coun­sel Luán Ó Braonáin at Dublin Coroner's Court on Mon­day, prior to the re­sump­tion of the in­quest to­mor­row ( Thurs­day). The in­quest into the deaths of both men has al­ready heard 11 days of ev­i­dence.

Brian Mur­ray (46) and Mark O'Shaugh­nessy (25) died as they fought a blaze at a dis­used ink fac­tory at Ade­laide Vil­las in Bray, Co Wick­low, on Septem­ber 26, 2007. Last Oc­to­ber, Wick­low County Coun­cil, the lo­cal fire author­ity, was fined € 355,000 af­ter plead­ing guilty to health and safety vi­o­la­tions in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

On Mon­day, while dis­cussing how the in­quest would pro­ceed, Mr. Ó Braonáin said that it had since emerged that tele­phone calls in and out of cer­tain garda di­vi­sional head­quar­ters had been recorded and he claimed Bray was such a sta­tion.

How­ever, De­tec­tive Garda Mau­rice Hickey told the court that Bray was not made a di­vi­sional head­quar­ters un­til 2008.

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