Sunday 15 September 2019

Investigation underway after woman (64) found dead in Galway hotel

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Caroline Crawford

An investigation in underway into the death of a hotel guest at a Connemara hotel.

The guest, a woman in her 60s, who was from the Cork area, was found dead in the Connemara Lake Hotel late yesterday morning.

The hotel remains sealed off as examinations are carried out today.

Other guests at the hotel were evacuated on Monday after reports that a number of people had felt unwell.

Several guests of the hotel presented at the emergency department at University Hospital Galway yesterday afternoon.

The Health and Safety Authority also has investigators at the scene after it was notified by gardai. However, a spokesperson said it was not yet carrying out an investigation into the matter.

“We are aware of the incident and have people at the scene. We are currently examining the circumstances of the incident and whether the death was as a result of any work related activity. This will determine whether a HSA investigation will follow,” he added.

The woman’s body was removed to University Hospital Galway where a post mortem examination was carried out today.

Gardai in Salthill, who are investigating the death said they are awaiting the results of the post mortem and an initial assessment of the scene by the Health and Safety Authority.

They said they were not treating the death as suspicious at this point and the course of their investigation would be determined by the outcome of the post mortem and the HSA assessment.

Gardai also confirmed they had taken details for the hotel guests that attended at the emergency department yesterday.

A statement on the hotel website said: “The Connemara Lake Hotel confirms that a guest tragically passed away while staying in the Hotel over the weekend. The Hotel is closed until further notice while an investigation takes place by the Garda Síochána.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased, their family and friends.”

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