Sunday 22 April 2018

Gardai still probing party boat death, inquest told

Gareth Naughton

GARDAI are continuing to probe the death of a man who fell into the Liffey while attending a party on a floating bar, an inquest has been told.

The body of Conal Gildea (25) from Carn in Ardara, Co Donegal, had to be identified through his tattoos after it was recovered from the river at Britton Quay in Dublin's city centre by the Garda Water Unit on April 29 this year, two days after he had last been seen on the boat.

At the opening of the inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday, Inspector Martin Mooney of Pearse Street garda station said the matter was the subject of an "ongoing investigation which may lead to a criminal prosecution".

Requesting an adjournment to facilitate the investigation, he confirmed that it was not a homicide issue but related to issues of "supply". He said that a number of witnesses had yet to be interviewed.

The court heard that the dead man, who was a prominent member of his community, was identified by his sister, Sarah Gildea.

She told the court that she confirmed identification after gardai showed her two photographs of tattoos, including one on her brother's right forearm which said, 'Only God Can Judge Me' and another six-year-old tattoo on his left abdomen.

Coroner Brian Farrell said that the post-mortem was carried out by the deputy state pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, who gave the cause of death as drowning. He told the family there were "other issues" he would be going into at a later date. He adjourned the inquest for further mention on December 12 to allow time for gardai to continue their inquiries.

Irish Independent

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