Families demand inquest over Bray firefighters killed on duty

THE families and friends of two Bray firefighters — killed while on duty last year — met with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern yesterday and demanded an independent inquiry into the emergency workers’ deaths.

Relatives of Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy also outlined their concerns over conditions at the town’s fire station during the meeting at Government buildings.

Following the meeting, Brian Murray Jnr said Mr Ahern had committed to speaking to his ministers about the tragedy which killed the two firemen last September.

“He was deeply concerned about what was going on in Bray. It’s in a critical state. He basically said he was going to help us. He said ‘give us four weeks’.”

“The meeting covered the concerns expressed by the families for the safety of the people of Bray, as well as improvements to the fire services, as sought by them, in the area, and also their call for anindependent investigation,” said a statement.

Mr Ahern is expected to discuss the matter with relevant ministers, including junior Environment Minister Tony Killeen.

Loman O’Brien, a retired Bray fire officer and a spokesman for both families, said Mr Ahern had said he would consult with the Attorney General following the completion of a Garda inquiry and a separate Health and Safety Authority inquiry — both are expected to be finished after Easter.

“The results of the inquiries should be completed by the end of April.

Families yesterday also made their concerns known about the current resources for fire services in Bray.

“It’s more vulnerable now than it ever has been in its history. There’s eight men looking after Bray town and its catchment area,” said Mr O’Brien.

He added: “We’re afraid a tragedy like that which happened only six months ago, could happen now just as easily.”

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