Wednesday 13 December 2017

Editorial: Firefighters should be supported

The blaze at Ballymount
The blaze at Ballymount

THEY are the front-line emergency workers that save hundreds of lives in the capital every year.

Dublin firefighters pull people out of burning buildings, speed heart-attack victims to hospital, and deliver babies.

When they raise concerns about safety standards – and say they are prepared to take industrial action to ensure something is done about it – they should be listened to.

Siptu has reported that Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) has 70 less staff that the 900 it needs – and that this is affecting the safety of the service.

They claim that management has agreed to recruit more staff but have not confirmed the numbers with Siptu.

Firefighters have said that they will refuse to do voluntary overtime on four days next month in protest at staffing levels. The city council has said that action is “premature”, as talks are still ongoing.

The men and women of DFB serve a vital role in the city and it’s incumbent on both sides to resolve this dispute before it escalates, threatening the service we all rely on.


48 hours to remember for Dubs

IT’S been a whirlwind 48 hours for Jim Gavin’s triumphant Dubs.

The team battled torrential rain – not to mention a tough challenge by the men from the Kingdom – to bring Sam back to the capital.

Then there were celebrations into the wee hours and yesterday many of the team also showed their generous side, giving their time to some of their most special fans in Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospitals. Later thousands turned out on O’Connell Street to applaud their heroics.

With three All-Ireland titles in five years the Boys in Blue deserve all that praise and more.

But the football fever may not be over yet.

The women’s team take on Cork in Croke Park in their All-Ireland final on Sunday.

Fingers-crossed there’ll be similar success for the Dubs this weekend too.

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