Wicklow County Council to face trial in connection with firefighters' deaths

Mark O'Shaughnessy and Brian Murray

Wicklow County Council is to be tried next year on charges relating to the death of two firefighters in Bray.

Forty-six-year-old father of 15 Brian Murray and 26-year-old Mark O'Shaughnessy died while trying to extinguish a blaze at a disused factory at Adelaide Villas, off the Dargle Road, on September 26, 2007.

The council faces charges in relation to breaches of the Health and Safety Act, including that it failed to provide a system of work at Bray Fire Station, which ensured that firefighters were not exposed to unnecessary risk.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has set May 29 next year as the trial date, after lawyers for the council said there were still outstanding matters to be dealt with.

The trial is expected to last around three weeks.

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