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Thursday 26 April 2018

Gardai wait to quiz suspect in killing after he stabs himself

Barry Duggan

GARDAI will have to wait at least three days before speaking to the chief suspect in a violent death last week after he was admitted to hospital with self-inflicted injuries.

The man stabbed himself in the stomach and slit his wrists days after Deirdre McCarthy (43) died violently following a night socialising in the west Clare village of Ballyvaughan.

Ms McCarthy's body was found washed up at Fanore beach in Co Clare on Thursday -- three days after she was reported missing from her home. She was last seen alive on Sunday, March 27, around 11.30pm and the alarm was raised by her family the following day.

While the full findings of a post-mortem examination have not been released, investigating officers said she died violently.

It is suspected Ms McCarthy died following an assault by a local man -- whom she knew -- after she returned home from a Ballyvaughan pub where they had both been socialising.

The motive for the assault remains a mystery and officers are awaiting the man's release from University Hospital Galway before he can be formally interviewed.

On Friday night, the suspect cut his wrists and stabbed himself in the stomach.

The Irish Independent understands the self-harm incident took place at a relation's vacant home and he was rushed by ambulance to hospital.

The injuries to his wrists are described as minor, while the stab wound is said to be deep.

It is expected that he will remain in hospital for at least three days and possibly up to a week. Officers are liaising with medical staff at the hospital on his condition.

A spokesman for the Galway hospital said he was in a "stable condition" last night.


Gardai are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen anything in the area between 11.30pm on March 27 and 7am the following morning.

It is believed the victim's body was taken by car from her home -- Turlough House on the Lisdoonvarna Road -- and dumped in the sea.

Following a major search in the days before the discovery of Ms McCarthy's body, her mobile phone was found in the sea.

Both the victim and chief suspect are well known by all in Ballyvaughan, where locals were remaining tight-lipped on the incident.

Ms McCarthy's body was released from the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick to her family yesterday.

She is survived by her mother Helen, brother Tom and sisters Helen, Christina, Bernie and Ann. Funeral details have not yet been announced.

The McCarthy family has declined to comment on Deirdre's death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigating officers at Ennistymon garda station on 065 7072180.

Irish Independent

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