Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is deeply saddened at the deaths that have occurred as a result of the fire atGlenamuck Road. We offer our sympathy to the families of those involved in this terrible tragedy, the wider Traveller community and the community in Glenamuck. We understand the entire community must be in shock and our priority at this time is to work together with all agencies in providing support to the Traveller community in Glenamuck. We are very aware that the coming days will be extremely difficult for the families involved and we will continue to work with all of the relevant agencies to ease their burden as much as possible.
An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Barry Saul, who is shocked and saddened by these tragic events has this morning (Monday 12th October) opened a book of condolence for members of the public who wish to express their support for the family involved.
The Council is continuing to work in partnership with Southside Travellers to support and accommodate the families in any way we can. We are extremely appreciative of the role Southside Travellers have played in helping the Council deal with the aftermath of this tragedy.
We can confirm that emergency accommodation has been arranged for those left homeless as a result of these events.
The site where the incident occurred was originally purchased for the provision of new road infrastructure identified in the Kilternan / Glenamuck Local Area Plan but was made available to the families on a temporary basis in November 2008 after they presented to the Council in need of emergency accommodation.
It is a hard-cored temporary halting site provided by the Council to facilitate the families’ own caravans and portacabins. The Council provided services at the site including vehicular access, water and sewerage connections, toilet blocks, shower facilities, electricity and fire extinguishers, fire blankets and mains powered smoke detectors in each unit.
The Council can confirm that a fire hydrant was present at the site which was used by Dublin Fire Brigade on the morning of the incident.
Accommodation on the site consists of 3 portacabins and two caravans. One of these units was added to the site earlier in 2015 when the Council facilitated the addition of one extra unit on the site by the families. The Council extended the site at this time and also provided additional facilities and services for this extra unit.
The Council routinely inspects and checks all of our halting sites on a regular basis. In line with best practice, the fire extinguishers on this site have been inspected and serviced every six months with the last such inspection and servicing taking place in May 2015.
The thoughts of the Cathaoirleach, Councillor Barry Saul, all of the Elected Members and the staff of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are with the families at this time.
May they rest in peace.