Tuesday 16 July 2019

Man (40s) arrested after woman's body found in Co Mayo

Gardaí investigate the discovery of a woman's body in Kilbree, Westport, Co Mayo
Gardaí investigate the discovery of a woman's body in Kilbree, Westport, Co Mayo

Amy Molloy and Ian Begley

A man in his 40s has been arrested after a woman's body was discovered in a house in Westport, Co Mayo.

Gardai were called to the scene this morning at around 10am.

It is understood the woman was in her early 40s.

The man arrested in connection with the incident is CURRENTLY being held at Castlebar garda station.

The woman's body remains at the scene which is being preserved pending an examination by the State Pathologist.

Gardaí say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

A garda spokeswoman said the woman's family has been notified.

An incident room has been established at Castlebar garda station.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who can assist with this investigation are asked to contact Castlebar Garda station on 094 9038200 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111.

Westport councillor Christy Hyland told Independent.ie that he is "stunned" by this recent tragedy.

“Although we still don’t know the circumstances, it’s very upsetting to hear that a woman in Westport lost her life.

“We live in a very tight-knit community and I’m sure the town will be devastated once they learn what has happened. 

“All I can say at this time is that my thoughts and prayers go to this woman's family during this very sad time,” he said. 

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