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Friday 20 October 2017

Man released from hospital and questioned over wife's killing

Patricia Kierans with her estranged husband Oliver Kierans.
Patricia Kierans with her estranged husband Oliver Kierans.

THE estranged husband of a mother of four shot dead at their former home was being questioned by detectives last night after he was released from hospital.

Suspect Oliver Kierans (56) was released from care at a psychiatric hospital unit in Cavan at 6pm as the investigation continued into the death of his wife Patricia.

She was found shot dead at the former marital home in Bailieborough, Co Cavan on Thursday. Mr Kierans was arrested nine hours later at a pub siege in the town.

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A garda spokesman told the Irish Independent that a man detained last Friday was taken to Cavan garda station for questioning.

He can be held for six more days as his period of detention was suspended when he was taken to hospital on Friday, said the spokesman.

The body of Ms Kierans will be released to her four children Shane (30), Oliver (29), Julia (28) and Gerard (27) later today.

Shane flew home on Friday after being told by police at Heathrow airport in London about the death of his mother.

He had been on his way to Australia to join his three siblings, who have started new lives there.

Oliver, Julia and Gerard arrived back in Co Cavan last night.

"The community here will support them through the next few days," said parish priest Father Oliver O'Reilly.

"I knew Patricia very well and she had been living in fear for a long time and I had helped her out, but recently she had gotten her life together again.

"She was very, very happy again and she had started a new relationship."

Ms Kierans had moved in with her sister Mairead in Cavan town in July.

"She had been in an abusive relationship and had finally broken away," said one friend in Bailieborough yesterday.

"She had met someone new and was excited.

"She had only returned home to the Drumbannon estate to collect some belongings."

Friends said that they didn't believe she wanted any proceeds from the sale of the family home amid reports she wanted to sell it.

"She didn't want anything more to do with Oliver, who had serious problems with alcohol over the years. She just wanted to move on and she never got to."

Another friend said funeral arrangements would be finalised later today.

"I'm still coming to terms with the death of my sister," Mairead said yesterday.

By Greg Harkin

Irish Independent

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