Saturday 27 December 2014

Priory Hall suicide: Cocaine and alcohol in Fiachra Daly's system

Published 26/08/2014 | 15:44

26/08/14 Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra DalyÉ. Pic Collins Courts
26/08/14 Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra DalyÉ. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra DalyÉ. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts
26/08/14 and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts

The Dublin Priory Hall resident who was under pressure from banks when he took his own life in July last year was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when he hanged himself, an inquest into his death has heard.

Father-of-two Fiachra Daly (38) was found dead by his partner Stephanie Meehan in their bedroom on July 15 2013.

At the inquest she emotionally told how Fiachra had felt more stressed than usual about having to fill out a financial statement for the bank because they were in arrears and had a moratorium on their Priory Hall mortgage.

Ms Meehan said she had gone to bed on the night of July 14 while Fiachra was still up watching television.

She told the inquest she had to get up during the night to take care of their young son and then fell asleep on his bed.

When she woke in the morning she thought Fiachra had gone to work, but on opening the blinds in their daughter's room she saw his van in the driveway.

She called out his name and told him he was late for work, but when she went to their bedroom she found him suspended by a tie from a handle of the wardrobe.

He was cold to the touch.

Stephanie Meehan with her late husband Fiachra Daly.

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A post mortem found a significant level of alcohol in his system as well as cocaine that was cut with different bulking agents including a veterinary drug used to treat horses for worms.

26/08/14 Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra DalyÉ. Pic Collins Courts
Stephanie Meehan pictured leaving the Coroners Court in Dublin with family and friends this afternoon after the inquest of her partner Fiachra Daly. Pic Collins Courts

An open verdict was recorded by the coroner who said that while it was certain that Fiachra had taken his own life it could not be established if he was clear in his mind as to what his intentions were.

Stephanie Meehan was comforted by her family and Fiachra's family as they left the coroner's court.

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Anyone who is affected by issues in this article can contact Samaritans Ireland on Lo-call 1850 60 90 90

Former Priory Hall resident Stephanie Meehan whose partner Fiachra Daly committed suicide.

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