« BackKerry halting sites were without adequate fire safety plans days after Carrickmines tragedy

KCC logoAll four traveller halting sites in Kerry were without adequate fire safety plans when inspected last year, days after ten travellers died in a Dublin halting site.

Reviews undertaken in October by Kerry County Council identified a number of concerns with regard to fire safety in the county’s halting sites.
The four sites in question, Gortroe, Fossa; Deerpark, Killarney; Dingle Road, Tralee; and Rathass, Tralee, were reviewed in October of last year, days after the Carrickmines tragedy in which ten members of the traveller community died in a fire.

A number of fire safety items were identified during the inspections, such as the lack of adequate fire safety action notices in all four sites.

In addition, it did not appear plans were drawn up for the property management of the sites with regard to fire safety and the details of actions to be taken in the event of a fire.

There were also a number of common issues reported such as inadequate separation between housing units, the lack of non-combustible screen walls, blocked emergency exits and unmarked fire hydrants.

Kerry County Council says nearly all of the issues found in the reviews have been rectified, including the provision of fire safety action reports.