Mick Clifford Podcast: Parents of couple who died in fire reflect on injustice which will never die

A young couple died in a fire tragedy in 2002 but it would be fifteen years and another fire later before it was discovered that the building in which they died had serious defects.

Mick Clifford Podcast: Parents of couple who died in fire reflect on injustice which will never die

A young couple died in a fire tragedy in 2002 but it would be fifteen years and another fire later before it was discovered that the building in which they died had serious defects.

Louise Wall and Mick O'Farrell were found dead in their apartment in the newly built Verdemont complex in west Dublin by Louise's brother Shane.

Questions were asked about how safe the building was but these questions, including some from the jury of a coroner's court, were never fully answered.

In 2017 another fire resulted in the discovery of major fire safety defects in the construction.

Louise's mother Margaret Wall and Margaret's husband Richard Brady spoke to the podcast about the tragedy, their sense of injustice and the further tragedy of Shane's death that they attribute to the trauma he suffered after discovering his sister's body.

They also talk about whether there would be a different reaction to a fatal fire today in light of all we now know about building practices from the Celtic Tiger years.

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