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Inquest into deaths of ten in halting site fire adjourned as file sent to DPP

The cause of death returned for all ten victims of the blaze was acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

The scene of the Carrickmines fire.
The scene of the Carrickmines fire.
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GARDAÍ HAVE SUBMITTED a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) concerning a fire in Carrickmines that claimed ten lives and that of an unborn baby. Five adults and five children died following the fire at Glenamuck Halting site in the early hours of 10 October 2015.

The ten victims of the blaze died due to carbon monoxide poisoning, an inquest into their deaths previously heard.

At a resumed inquest into the ten deaths at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Inspector Tom Condon of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station said an investigation file has been completed and sent to the DPP’s office.

“The investigation file is currently with the DPP and we are seeking a six months adjournment,” Inspector Condon said.

The victims were Thomas Connors, 27, his wife Sylvia, 30, and their children Jim, five, Christy, three, and six-month-old Mary; Willie Lynch, 25, his partner 27-year-old Tara Gilbert, who was pregnant, and their daughters Jodie, aged nine, and Kelsey, four; and 39-year-old Jimmy Lynch, a brother of Willie. The victims were residents of Glenamuck Halting site, Carrickmines, Dublin 24.

The five adults and four of the children were identified using DNA evidence with the assistance of Dr Alan Magee, the inquest previously heard. Six month old baby Mary Connors was formally identified by her relative, Dan Connors at the children’s accident and emergency department at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin 24. Mr Connors identified the baby’s remains to Garda Robert Whitty.

The ten post-mortem examinations were carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy and Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

The cause of death returned for all ten victims of the blaze was acute carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation due to a fire.

There were no family members present in court as Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane granted an adjournment of the inquest for further mention on 22 March 2018.

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