Thursday 17 October 2019

Funeral of Dean Fitzpatrick delayed amid family dispute over burial, High Court hears

Tim Healy

A dispute has arisen over the funeral arrangements of Dubliner Dean Fitzpatrick, who was killed last Saturday in a stabbing incident, the High Court heard today.

The funeral of the 23-year-old has been delayed because of a dispute over the burial arrangements within his extended family.

His father, Christopher Fitzpatrick, earlier this week contacted the office of the Dublin City Coroner Dr Brian Farrell to ask it to delay the release of his son's remains.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who has been estranged for many years from Audrey Fitzpatrick, mother of Dean, wants his son buried in a new plot while Mrs Fitzpatrick wants him buried in a plot connected to her family.

Counsel for Mr Fitzpatrick told the High Court this morning his client's intention is Dean will be buried in a new plot. It is intended Dean's sister Amy, aged 15, who had gone missing in early 2008 would be buried alongside him, counsel indicated.

Mr Fiztpatrick has brought proceedings against the Coroner aimed at preventing the release of his son's body until the court detrmines the matter.

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said he will deal with the matter at 2pm today and he directed Mrs Fitzpatrick should be put on notice of the proceedings.

Counsel for Mr Fitzpatrick said there had been difficulty serving notice of the proceedings to date but efforts would continue, include by contacting a Garda liaison officer.

The matter was "of extreme ugency" and the hearing will proceed this afternoon, the judge said.

The funeral Mass had been scheduled to take place this morning at St Brendan's Church in Coolock, north Dublin, with burial at Fingal Cemetery. It remains unclear when the funeral will be held.

Originally from Donaghmede, Mr Fitzpatrick was fatally stabbed during a scuffle in an apartment at Northern Cross, Malahide Road, shortly before 11.30pm last Saturday.

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