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Monday 22 September 2014

Husband arrested following discovery of wife's body

Conor Feehan and Ken Foy

Published 13/03/2014 | 06:55

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Gardai pictured outside the house, centre, on Woodlawn Park Grove, Firhouse where the body of a woman was discovered on Sunday. Marie Carroll (inset)
Marie Carroll
Marie Carroll
Gardai pictured outside the house, centre, on Woodlawn Park Grove, Firhouse where the body of a woman was discovered on Sunday

THE family of a 58-year-old woman whose body was found in Dublin on Sunday have said they are struggling to cope with her loss.

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Marie Carroll’s husband (58) was arrested by gardai investigating her death.

He was released late last night and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Her family released a statement saying: “This is a deeply difficult time for the Carroll and McMarlow families as we struggle to deal with our loss.”

They asked for their privacy to be respected. Ms Carroll’s body was found at around 1.30pm on Sunday when gardai and emergency services were called to the house at Woodlawn Park Grove, Firhouse.

Earlier, residents in the grove described Ms Carroll as their “friend and neighbour”.

She was known to shop locally in the SuperValu store, and had worked in the Alyson Gray boutique in Knocklyon shopping centre up until last year.

She lived in the well-established Woodlawn estate in Firhouse for many years and was said to have two sons. It is believed there was a wedding in the family as recently as last week.

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Ms Carroll had bruising on her body which was described as “blunt force trauma”. Her remains were discovered in the kitchen of the house. Investigations have established that she died in the 24 hours before her body was discovered.

A post-mortem took place on Monday afternoon and sources said at the time that it was “inconclusive”.

A source told the Herald that the post-mortem had “raised a number of questions that need to be answered”.

“This is not being treated as a murder,” they added, and described the investigation as “sensitive”.

Ms Carroll’s husband is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Rathfarnham garda station. Neighbours said the arrested man is “very highly regarded in the community”.

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