Woman dies in fall from nursing home window
AN 82-year-old woman was yesterday killed after falling on to railings from the second-storey window of a private nursing home.
Maura Looney had only moved into the nursing home in Cork city on New Year's Eve.
The pensioner, from Congress Road in Turner's Cross, Co Cork, suffered serious injuries in the fall just after 7.30am and was pronounced dead by a GP at the CareChoice Nursing Home on the Middle Glanmire Road in Montenotte.
Gardai and the Health Service Executive have begun separate inquiries.
The elderly woman was widowed and did not have any children. Her remains have been removed to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem is due to be carried out today.
The pensioner was an aunt of local Fianna Fail Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, who last night called her death a terrible accident and a tremendous shock to his family.
"Were all just devastated -- my Aunt had just moved to the nursing home on New Year's Eve so it's a terrible shock for everyone -- she didn't have any children and her husband had predeceased her but myself and my cousins are just devastated," he said.
Gardai in Mayfield are handling the investigation into Ms Looney's death, which is being treated as a tragic accident.
The director of CareChoice Ltd, Paul Kingston said that he and his staff were in complete shock over the death.
"Our sincere sympathies are with the family of Maura at this time.
"It has been a tragic accident. Everyone involved, owners, staff and relatives, are in shock.
"We contacted immediately, and are working very closely with, all the relevant authorities. We ask for privacy and sensitivity for all involved at this very difficult time," he said.
CareChoice operates five nursing homes in counties Cork and Waterford and is a family-owned business. It bought the Montenotte facility in 2000.
The building is a former convent, which first became a nursing home in 1989.
It has been renovated and houses 111 residents in 57 single and 27 twin rooms. The centre offers full-time residential care, respite care and convalescence care.