A building company has been fined €250,000 for breaching construction regulations which resulted in the collapse of wall at a Longford DIY store three years ago, killing two men and injuring two others.
Yesterday in a special sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court a construction company, ‘Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd’, was fined a total of €250,000 before Judge John Hannan.
Previously, on the 5th July 2016, the company pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 44(d) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006.
- The masonry wall was built in January / February 2012 by Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd.
- A significant deviation from the original wall specification occurred, from plasterboard slabs to masonry blockwork.
- The masonry wall did not have any structural head or end restraints installed into the wall to effectively tie the wall to the structural portal frame, thereby giving it stability.
In a victim impact statement on behalf of her mother Patsy, Denise Nolan, a daughter of the late Mr Gaffney, told the court that her father had survived a back operation and a triple heart surgery and also beaten cancer before tragedy struck three years ago.
On the day of the incident, Patsy Gaffney had been waiting in the car for her husband when she was alerted to an incident inside the store.
She found her husband surrounded by debris, sitting upright with blood pouring from a head wound.
“He was able to tell me that he ‘wasn’t going to make it this time’,” she said.
On behalf of Mr Mulleady’s wife Teresa, her sister Eileen Sorohan said instead of receiving flowers from her husband on New Year’s’ Day, she now puts them on his grave.
Judge Hannon said the maximum fine the court could hand down was €3m.