McSweeney Seeks Clarity on Future of Castleisland Fire Station

No smoke without fire as Kate McSweeney calls on Kerry County Council to comment on persistent rumours about the future of Castleisland’s fire station. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Castleisland local election candidate, Kate McSweeney has called on unions and Kerry County Council management to clarify that Castleisland fire service will be maintained.

Following last year’s European Court of Justice ruling in the *Rudy Matzak case, which found that time a fire fighter spends on-call qualified as working time, many current practices within in the service in Ireland are now under review.

Fall-out from European Court Ruling

“There are local fears that the fallout from this ruling and the review now taking place could include the possible closure or scaling back of smaller part-time stations such as Castleisland,” said Ms McSweeney.

“If elected I will work to ensure the fire station and its workers remain a key part of the Castleisland area. The station does tremendous work in the area and it could have serious implications if closed or even scaled back.

Loss of Service to Local Area

“Obviously the fire personnels’ rights as defined in this judgement have to be upheld, however this does not have to result in any loss of service for areas like Castleisland.

“This would be another blow to rural communities where services are already being lost at an alarming rate.”

More on the Ruling…

*Anyone interested in reading more about the case for paid ‘stand-by time’ taken by Rudy Matzak can click on the link here:

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