Judge to decide punishment for Wicklow Council in connection with fire fighter deaths

Wicklow County Council will be sentenced in October for health and safety violations relating to the death of two fire fighters.

Wicklow County Council will be sentenced in October for health and safety violations relating to the death of two fire fighters.

Father of 15, Brian Murray, and 26-year-old Mark O’Shaughnessy, lost their lives inside a disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas on September 26, 2007.

Two lives were lost in the line of duty in a blaze one fire fighter at the scene compared to a 747 aeroplane crash.

46-year-old Brian Murray and 26-year-old Mark O’Shaughnessy died inside the disused factory in Bray trying to stop the blaze from spreading.

Last month Wicklow County Council pleaded guilty mid-trial to three safety violations in relation to training, an outdated safety statement and in co-ordinating a timely response to the blaze.

The court has been told by the defence that these breaches did not lead to the two men’s deaths.

The maximum fine Judge Des Hogan can impose is €3m, but he is being asked to factor in the council’s duty to provide public services on a budget that has been slashed by nearly a third in the last five years.

He will finalise sentencing on October 25.

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