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Gerard Donnelly

Gerard Donnelly

Members of the Gardai remove a body near the Wellington monument at the Phoenix Park, Dublin

Members of the Gardai remove a body near the Wellington monument at the Phoenix Park, Dublin

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Gerard Donnelly

A CORONER has granted an open end adjournment in the case of a homeless man whose burned remains were found in the Phoenix Park until criminal proceedings are completed.

Gerard Donnelly (36) of no fixed abode was found dead near the Wellington Monument in the Dublin park on November 29 last year.

wenty-seven-year-old Ciarán Moran of Camden Hall, Camden Street in Dublin city centre is currently before the courts charged with his murder.

At the opening of the inquest at Dublin Coroner’s Court, Detective Inspector Colm Murphy requested an open-ended adjournment until criminal proceedings have been completed.

The inquest heard that Mr Donnelly’s identity was confirmed using DNA sampling by Dr Hilary Clarke, a forensic scientist at the state laboratory.  

The post-mortem was carried out by state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy.

Dr Farrell adjourned the inquest without a date pending completion of criminal proceedings.

The inquest into the death of a man who was shot in the back following a pub fight was also opened and adjourned without a date.  

Edward O’Connor, a 41-year-old father of three from Barn Lodge, Finglas, Dublin 11, was pronounced dead at Connolly Hospital on December 15 last year. Twenty-two-year-old David Cully from Kilshane Road in Finglas is currently before the courts charged with Mr O’Connor’s murder.

Requesting an adjournment of the inquest, Det Insp Murphy said that a file is now with the director of public prosecutions. 

The court heard that Mr O’Connor’s body was identified to gardaí by his wife Charlotte O’Connor.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that the post-mortem was carried out by deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

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The inquest was also adjourned without a date to allow for completion of criminal proceedings in the matter.


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