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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Olivia’s death not linked to tainted pills

Published 08/07/2013|12:46

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Olivia Beirne (29)
Olivia Beirne (29)

THIS is the young Dublin woman who died from a suspected drugs overdose.

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Olivia Beirne (29) died in St James's Hospital on Tuesday – three days after collapsing in a Dublin pub.

Ms Beirne was out socialising with friends on Saturday night last and is believed to have consumed the class A drug ecstasy.

Gardai are investigating all circumstances surrounding her death and are awaiting the results from toxicology tests.

Gardai, however, do not believe her death is linked to the death of Wicklow man Niall Patrick, who is believed to have died after consuming a lethal cocktail of ecstasy and cannabis.

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Ms Beirne has been described by her family as “ loving, caring, witty and occasionally grumpy”. She was laid to rest on Friday.

It had been initially feared that she had taken ecstasy from the same tainted batch which has claimed the lives of eight young people in Northern Ireland. However, sources last night ruled out this possibility.

Olivia’s death comes after another young person, 19-year-old Niall Patrick, suffered a cardiac arrest after consuming a mixture of ecstasy and cannabis at a house in Co Wicklow.

Gardai are anxious to track down the suspected dealer of the drugs, who is believed to be from north Wicklow.

Concern over drug consumption is now at an all-time high following the death of eight people in the North.

One of those to have died was a single mother who took the drugs at a disco in Portrush, Co Antrim.

Following the string of deaths, authorities issued a warning about a batch of green pills which have a castle or crown logo.

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The same high strength ecstasy caused the deaths of two men at the bloody Swedish House Mafia concert at the Phoenix Park last summer.

Gardai fear that the drug will make its way down south in large quantities this summer.

The pills came to light when a Co Antrim clubber suddenly fell ill last week and died only hours later.

Police in the north are awaiting toxicology tests on two bodies, as well as reports on the death of six other people who have died unexpectedly in recent weeks. All were aged in their 20s and 30s.

Seven of those who died were from the greater Belfast area and one from the northwest.

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