Sunday 19 January 2020

No prosecution over fairground death

Mark O'Regan and Gareth Naughton

THE mother of a young woman who fell to her death from a fairground ride outside the O2 arena in Dublin has paid tribute to a "wonderful girl who had so much to live for".

Siobhan Healy (31), from Ballinlough, Co Roscommon, died as a result of a freak accident which happened shortly after she had attended a Britney Spears concert in October 2011.

Ms Healy was at the top of funfair ride when she was thrown on to a set of steps leading up to the ride at the temporary travelling funfair.

She died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained in the fall and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Dublin Coroner's Court heard yesterday that there would be no prosecution arising from her death.

Her mother Doreen, told the Irish Independent that her daughter had "so much going for her", and had been looking forward to attending the concert for months.

"I'll always remember that day. She was a wonderful person who had many interests such as walking, cycling and music," she said.

"She was out with her first cousin and going to the concert was something she had been looking forward to for some time. She's greatly missed."

The ride she fell from had 12 carriages suspended from a central wheel, which spins them around and reaches 40ft in height.

Checks on the bucket seat used by Ms Healy and the safety barrier holding her into the seat have shown that the equipment was working properly.

Following an examination of the ride by experts, gardai concluded that she slipped under the bar and fell out.

Inspector Gerry Donnelly said that the DPP had directed that no prosecution was to take place in relation to the incident, leaving it possible to press ahead with the inquest into Ms Healy's death.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell set a date for a full hearing of the inquest on August 1.

Irish Independent

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