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Friday 20 April 2018

Garda watchdog investigating death of man in garda station

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

The Garda watchdog is investigating the death of a 52-year-old man who died after collapsing in a cell in a garda station.

The Garda Ombudsman probe comes just hours after the death of Hugh Brien in the Mater Hospital late last night.

Mr Brien, a single man from Orchardstown Drive in Rathfarnham, was arrested in central Dublin at approximately 8.20pm last night under public order legislation.

He was taken to Dublin’s Store Street Garda Station where he was placed in a cell.

The ombudsman said he was found lying unconscious when he was checked at about 1.30am.

A medic attempted resuscitation and Mr Brien was transferred to the Mater Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The matter was referred to the Garda Siochna Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) by the Garda Commissioner.

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