Mother in her 50s dies after First Communion meal - kitchen of a pub in north Dublin shut down
The Health Service Executive (HSE) and Food Safety Authority have launched a joint investigation into a suspected outbreak of food poisoning following the death of a Dublin mother in her 50s at the weekend.
The kitchens of a pub in north Dublin have also been shut down by the HSE pending an investigation into the suspected salmonella outbreak.
It is understood a number of people were taken ill after a private party and treated in hospital for salmonella poisoning.
The woman is said to have attended a First Communion party with members of her wider family.
She was then found dead at her home by her husband on Sunday.
Other family members and visitors to the party reported bouts of serious illness.
Staff at the pub yesterday confirmed the kitchens of the premises had been closed because of a "health scare".
A company has the franchise to provide food at the pub and also provides an off-site catering service.
The HSE issued a statement to the Irish Independent saying that it is investigating an outbreak of food poisoning due to salmonella in north Dublin and that it is liaising with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
"An outbreak control team has been formed and an investigation is ongoing," it added.
"Members of the public should contact their GP if they have any concerns regarding their health."
The woman who died was in her mid-50s and was described locally as a "fitness fanatic".
She is understood not to have been suffering any underlying health conditions at the time of her death.
Her family are shocked at her death, and the family that hosted the party are said to be distraught even though they did not prepare the food.