Donegal County Council announces county wide review of pier safety

buncrana slipway

Donegal County council has said a wider 'more in-depth' study of pier safety will take place across the county following the recent Buncrana tragedy.

The Council says it has completed its internal investigation into the drowning of five people in Buncrana in March, and is now commissioning a wider study of piers across the county.

In a statement, Donegal County Council said they have carried out an initial preliminary review with its own staff.

Five people from the same extended family died when their car slipped off Buncrana pier into Lough Swilly in March of this year.

It's understood a build-up of algae was a contributing factor.

In May, the Council said that they were examining the “facts surrounding this unfortunate tragedy” at Buncrana.

The statement concludes that in light of the tragedy Donegal County Council are currently preparing tender documents for a wider and more in-depth review of the pier in Buncrana and over 100 other piers and slipways around the county.