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Man (53) arrested by gardai investigating the murder of mum-of-two Brigid Maguire (43)

Brian O'Reilly and Emma Jane Hade

Published 15/11/2015 | 07:26

15 Nov 2015; General view of garda outside house on main street, Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Nov 2015; General view of garda outside house on main street, Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath. Picture: Caroline Quinn
15 Nov 2015; General view of garda outside house on main street, Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A 53-year-old man has been arrested by gardai investigating the death of a mum-of-two.

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The body of Brigid Maguire, who was 43, was found by her teenage daughter in her home in Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath.

The discovery was made last night at approximately 9.30pm last night.

Earlier this evening, gardai upgraded to murder the investigation into her death following a post mortem on her remains at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

A 53-year-old man was arrested in Mullingar shortly after it was announced the investigation was upgraded to murder.

The man was conveyed to Mullingar Garda Station where he is being detained.

The post mortem on the body of Ms Maguire has been completed and the results have been issued to the investigation team.

Ms Maguire was a mother-of-two of who lived in the village of Ballynacargy.

Local area councillor Johnnie Penrose described the deceased as a “hard working woman”.

“Everyone is in a state of shock.  The community is in shock, numb,” the Labour representative said.

“I am shocked, the community is shocked, my condolences goes to the family.”

It is understood that the woman, who is from the village, lived and worked locally.

Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy described her as a “very proud mother” and said “our community is deeply shocked”.

An incident room has been established at Mullingar Garda Station. Gardai would like to appeal to any members of the public who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around the Ballynacargy area of Westmeath between 5pm and 10pm on the 14/11/2015 to contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044-9384000, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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