Donegal cllr calls for fire service to ‘show more consideration’ for businesses

A Donegal councillor wants the fire service to ‘show more consideration’ toward the business community when implementing the fire safety regulations.

Fianna Fail Councillor Micheal Naughton made the call at this month’s meeting of councillors from the Donegal Municipal District.

Donegal County Council Director of Services Garry Martin says buildings should provide reasonable fire safety measures.

What is required of them is set out in various fire codes, standards and guidance documents.

He says the approach of Donegal fire authority is to engage with the owners of premises to ensure that remedial works are undertaken, where necessary, over an agreed period of time.

He says the authority prefers to have an agreed approach, as shown by the council not having engaged in certain enforcement powers commonly used in other counties.

He says the council’s objective is to help the establishment of business and helping existing businesses, across all sectors, achieve their maximum potential, balanced with their various responsibilities.

Mr Martin added he was happy to engage as required to ensure this balance is met.

Meanwhile, Cllr Naughton has been telling Ocean FM News why he thinks more consideration should be shown to the business community.