Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters
I am slightly disappointed with the Minister of State's response to the question I raised on the fire safety assessment of the halting site. I asked whether it had been completed. It is important that we get clarity as to what assessment has actually been carried out on site since 9 November in respect of this incident.The crux of the issue is that the coroner's statement on the Carrickmines incident states that the fire and planning regulations make these sites exempt. Has that exemption stood? If one looks at what is happening in Bantry, there is no way one could stand over the planning and exemptions when it comes to fire safety on these sites. These are significant issues. This is about learning from a tragedy that occurred in Carrickmines, taking note of what happened in Bantry in November and making sure, first, that there is appropriate planning and fire safety for these halting sites. It was stated in the coroner's report that there was none. When it comes to having the report on what happened that night published, we have no detail or knowledge of what happened. I ask the Minister of State to make that report available to me as soon as possible.