Friday 22 November 2019

Journalist suffered bleeding in brain

Gareth Naughton

JOURNALIST Eugene Moloney, who died following an incident on a night out two months ago, had suffered an internal bleeding in the brain, Dublin Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

The 55-year-old, a former Irish Independent and 'Evening Herald' reporter, died after he suffered a blow to the head on Camden Street, Dublin, as he made his way home to nearby Portobello Place after a night out with friends on June 24.

He was taken to St James's Hospital following the incident, where he was pronounced dead.

At the opening of the inquest into Mr Moloney's death yesterday, Detective Inspector Sean Campbell requested an adjournment until criminal proceedings have been completed.

Trainee mechanic Gary Burch (21), of Kennington Close, Templeogue, Dublin, has been charged with the manslaughter of Mr Moloney.

Mr Moloney's brother Sean told the court that he identified the body at the Dublin City Mortuary in Marino on June 25.

The post-mortem was carried out by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the court that in his preliminary report, Dr Curtis has given the cause of death as a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage -- bleeding in the brain related to a trauma.

Mr Moloney was survived by his brother Sean and sister Roisin, brother-in-law John McCaughan, who was also in court yesterday, and his girlfriend Chi Chi Tran.

Dr Farrell extended his sympathies to the family but said that he could not make any other comment with criminal proceedings under way.

"I understand that your brother was well known for his work in the media but I cannot comment any further today," he said.

He adjourned the inquest until the completion of criminal proceedings.

Irish Independent

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