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This lunchtime.

Dublin Fire Brigade tweetz:

We’ve made good progress at the industrial fire in Swords and will be scaling back the response. Units will stay on scene damping down. Smoke was visible over a wide area in clear skies.


Lovely fire engine emojis, in fairness.

This morning.

At Scoil Chaitriona Cailini on Mask Avenue off the Malahide Road in Coolock, Dublin 5.

RTÉ reports:

Dublin Fire Brigade crews are tending to a substantial fire at a primary school in Coolock in Dublin.

A local resident reported seeing smoke at Scoil Chaitríona Cailíní, which is located off the Malahide Road near Mask Avenue, around 6.10am.

The fire is reported to be substantial and six fire tenders are at the scene, including a specialist unit.

One local resident has been taken to hospital as a precaution as a result of smoke inhalation.

Fire crews battling blaze at Dublin school (RTE)

Pics via Brian Fairbrother and Dublin Fire Brigade

Yesterday afternoon

Last night.

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (above) calls out French President Emmanuel Macron (top) for using a stock picture of a rainforest fire taken before 2003. Mr Bolsonora has accused environmental groups of setting the fires in the Amazon.

Amazon fires turn political as Brazil’s president calls out France’s Macron (Fox)

The Amazon in Brazil is on fire – how bad is it? (BBC)


This lunchtime.

A protest over the fires is taking place at the embassy of Brazil at the Harcourt Centre on Charlotte Way, Dublin 2.

Pics: Cllr Darragh Butler and Martin J Gilbert

This afternoon.

Near Hollywood village, County Wicklow.

Eamonn writes;

Fire engulfes dry gorse in the West Wicklow Mountains, just beyond Hollywood Village. Since the start of the week fire services and the Defence Forces have been fighting fires in the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains which have been out of control and according to reports at one stage threatened Hollywood Village.

Today is the last day farmers are allowed to burn vegation on their lands and according to the emergency services most of the recent fires have been as a result of delibarate burning which got out of control.

That’s showbiz.

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

A vigil for the victims of the Carrickmines halting site fire in 2015


A jury at the Dublin Coroner’s Court returned a verdict of misadventure at the inquest into the deaths of 10 victims of the Carrickmines halting site fire in October 2015.

The Carrickmines fire claimed the lives of Thomas Connors (28), his wife Sylvia (30), and their children Jim (5), Christy (3) and five-month-old Mary.

Willie Lynch (25), his partner Tara Gilbert (27), who was pregnant, and her daughters Jodie (9) and Kelsey (4). Jimmy Lynch (39), a brother of Willie, also lost their lives in the fire.

The halting site had been established as emergency temporary accommodation and, the court heard, was exempt from planning and fire safety guidelines due to its ’emergency’ status.

Further to this…

The Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre have called for laws to be changed to make sure temporary emergency halting sites meet fire safety and planning regulations.

In a statement, Pavee Point Co-Director Martin Collins says:

“This has been a terrible time for the Lynch, Gilbert and Connors families who have had to relive the horror of that night in 2015.

“We hope that this inquest will bring some closure to the families and enable them to move on with their lives.

“Every support should be made available to support these bereaved family members. And we empathise with them at this time.

We are also calling on the Government to amend legislation to ensure that temporary emergency halting sites should meet fire safety and planning regulations so a tragedy like this never occurs again.

This was an emergency temporary site that had been there since 2008. These families should not have been left in these conditions for 7 years. The site was exempt from planning and fire regulations because of its ‘emergency’ status.

“We heard during the inquest that the portocabins did not meet building regulations and that the close proximity of the portocabins “virtually assured” that the fire would spread.

Under Department of the Environment guidelines for temporary halting sites, housing units are supposed to have at least six metres between them and families are supposed to only stay for up to five years.

There are currently temporary emergency sites in existence that have been there for 30 years. And each year money for Traveller accommodation is returned to central government by local authorities – unspent.”

Pavee Point Calls for New Laws for Temporary Emergency Halting Sites (Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre)

Misadventure verdicts on 10 deaths in Carrickmines fire (Louise Roseingrave, The Irish Times)