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Man arrested in probe into suspected hit-and-run which left mother fighting for her life

Geraldine Gittens

Published 15/05/2016 | 16:09

Critical: Siobhan Geraghty has had surgery for head injuries
Critical: Siobhan Geraghty has had surgery for head injuries

Gardai have arrested a man in connection with an investigation into a suspected hit-and-run incident which left a mother-of-one fighting for her life.

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Siobhan Geraghty (35) took a taxi to her home at the Lohunda Dale estate in Clonsilla from Harcourt Street at around 3.40am last Sunday, May 8. But Ms Geraghty never made it to her door.

Neighbours reported hearing 'a thud' and then a car leaving the scene. They discovered Siobhan lying unconscious on the road.

The primary school teacher was rushed to Connolly Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where her condition is described as critical.

In a statement today, a garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are investigating the possibility that this woman may be the victim of a hit and run road traffic collision."

A man in his 40s was arrested in the Dublin area earlier today.

Dublin's Beaumont Hospital Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Dublin's Beaumont Hospital Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

He is being questioned at Blanchardstown garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Anyone with information can contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Siobhan's brother Senan told the Irish Independent this week: "Siobhan has had surgery to reduce the swelling and pressure on her brain, and the doctors said the first 48 hours are critical. She had three separate injuries to her head and the one causing the most concern was at the back of her skull,".

"That bang caused her brain to be pushed forward and now the doctors have had to remove the front of her skull to reduce the pressure on the frontal lobes of her brain. It's hard to look at her now but she's in the best place she can be, and if the doctors didn't operate, her injuries could have been fatal."

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