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Men place candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Berkeley, California in 2015. Photograph: Reuters

California has signed a Bill into law requiring the waterproofing of apartment balconies to be regularly inspected in response to the 2015 tragedy in (...)

Workers remove part of a balcony that collapsed at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, California in June 2015. Relatives of six college students who died when the balcony collapsed, have reached a settlement with the owners of the apartment building and the company that managed it. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

The loss of life and the life-changing nature of injuries to the survivors meant that civil actions arising from the Berkeley balcony collapse were al(...)

“I heard a crack and knew I was f**ked.” That was how one survivor of the Berkeley balcony collapse is said to have recalled the moment that left the(...)

A candlelight vigil is held on June 17th, 2015, for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Relatives of the six students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse and the seven survivors have settled legal actions against the corporate owner(...)

San Francisco Rose Amanda Donohoe:  “It’s definitely brought huge light to our lives and we are in a better place as a family.” Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The San Francisco Rose, who lost two family members in the Berkeley balcony tragedy, said the Rose of Tralee has been “monumental to the healing proce(...)

A report by consultant architect Robert Perry identified the cause of the  balcony collapse as dry rot damage, which occurred along the top of the cantilever balcony deck joists (above). His analysis identified water damage between the joists and the flooring of the balcony, which was made of oriented strand board (OSB). File photograph:  Peter Da Silva/EPA

The balcony in California that collapsed in 2015 killing six students - five of whom were Irish - was built using unstable materials, a new report sug(...)

The  collapsed fourth-floor balcony in downtown Berkeley, California,   on June 16th 2015: Defendants involved in the design and construction of the balcony  agreed to pay   compensation during the discovery phase of the civil litigation in the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

The families of the six students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse and the seven survivors will share more than $20 million (€18 million) afte(...)

The students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments, in Berkeley, California (Top LtoR) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke, (Bottom LtoR) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

The families of five Irish students and one Irish-American who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse in California in June 2015, and the seven survivo(...)

The six students who were killed when the balcony collapsed at the Library Gardens Apartments in Berkeley, California: (Top left to right) Ashley Donohoe, Eoghan Culligan, Olivia Burke. (Bottom left to right) Nick Schuster, Eimear Walsh, and Lorcan Miller.

The US construction firm which built the apartments in Berkeley, California where five Irish students and an Irish American woman died after a balcony(...)

Californian Senator Jerry Hill: “It took an awfully long time to get something that we thought was so important. When something like this happens you can either put your head in the sand or you can stand up and fight for change.”

The Berkeley balcony collapse of 2015, which resulted in the deaths of six students, reminded Californian senator Jerry Hill of an incident in the st(...)

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