Thursday 21 June 2018

DPP considers criminal proceedings over Carrickmines fire which killed ten including pregnant woman

The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines. Photo: David Conachy
The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines. Photo: David Conachy
The remains are taken from the church at the funeral of Thomas, Sylvia, Christopher, Jim and baby Mary Connors, who died in the Carrickmines temporary halting site fire almost two weeks ago. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Forensic gardaí examine the burnt-out portakabin
Tara Gilbert, Willie Lynch, Kelsie (L) and Jodie (R)
Baby Mary
Couple Thomas Connors & Sylvia (Lynch) Connors on their wedding day

Louise Roseingrave

Gardai have submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) concerning a fire in Carrickmines that claimed ten lives and that of an unborn baby.

Five adults and five children died following the fire at Glenamuck Halting site in the early hours of October 10 2015.

The ten victims of the blaze died due to carbon monoxide poisoning, an inquest into their deaths previously heard.

At a resumed inquest into the ten deaths at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Inspector Tom Condon of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station said an investigation file has been completed and sent to the DPP’s office.

“The investigation file is currently with the DPP and we are seeking a six months adjournment,” Insp Condon said.

The victims were Thomas Connors, 27, his wife Sylvia, 30, and their children Jim, five, Christy, three, and six-month-old Mary; Willie Lynch, 25, his partner 27-year-old Tara Gilbert, who was pregnant, and their daughters Jodie, aged nine, and Kelsey, four; and 39-year-old Jimmy Lynch, a brother of Willy.

The victims were residents of Glenamuck Halting site, Carrickmines, Dublin 24.

The five adults and four of the children were identified using DNA evidence with the assistance of Dr Alan Magee, the inquest previously heard. Six month old baby Mary Connors was formally identified by her relative, Dan Connors at the children's accident and emergency department at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin 24. Mr Connors identified the baby's remains to Garda Robert Whitty.

The ten post-mortem examinations were carried out by State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy and Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

The cause of death returned for all ten victims of the blaze was acute carbon monoxide poisoning due to smoke inhalation due to a fire.

There were no family members present in court as Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane granted an adjournment of the inquest for further mention on March 22 2018.

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