Firefighters to meet Cork City council to discuss Ballincollig Fire Station
A meeting between the City Council and representatives of the city’s firefighters to discuss the future of Ballincollig Fire Station will get underway later this morning.
It’s the second meeting of the two sides after no agreement was reached during last week’s discussions.
Fire crews in the city have been protesting outside the station on Anglesea Street before their shifts since the 20th of April to call on the City Council to reopen the station in Ballincollig with a full time crew.
Crews from the city have been providing emergency cover for Ballincollig and the surrounding area since the closure of the town’s fire station in November 2021.
Speaking to RedFM News, SIPTU rep and Cork City Firefighter Billy Crowley says they are hopeful a resolution to the long-running issue can be found this morning.
“We gave a commitment that we wouldn’t escalate between last week’s meeting and this morning.
“Guys are looking at what the retained fire fighters are doing, they’re looking at what’s going on in our control centre in Limerick – staff up there are contemplating taking strike action.
“Our people want to see a resolution to this, they want to see the Council come across with a meaningful proposal, or people will want to take a different line on it.”