Monday 18 December 2017

'Doubt' over diplomat's quarry death

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Louise Roseingrave

A diplomat who played a key role for Ireland in the UN and Middle East died of multiple traumatic injuries following a fall.

An inquest into the death of Jeremy Craig (73), of Richmond Court, Dartry, Dublin 6, heard that he was "a talented and exceptional person".

Mr Craig, a grandson of former TD and Irish professor of medicine James Craig, was a respected Irish diplomat who served in several posts at home and abroad during the course of his 25-year career in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

He suffered a seizure followed by a fall in which he sustained a head injury in 2015, Dublin Coroner's Court heard.

On March 7, 2016, a man out walking his dogs at Dalkey Quarry discovered Mr Craig's body shortly after 7am.

The cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall from a height.

Recording an open verdict, Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said: "There are no eye witnesses... and no documented evidence that he planned to harm himself.

"There is a possibility he may have sustained a seizure.

"In those circumstances there is doubt and the coroner gives the benefit of that doubt to the deceased.

"He was a very talented and exceptional person and had a very fulfilling life," the coroner said.

Irish Independent

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