Monday 22 January 2018

Prison officer's death is 'not suspicious'

MAEVE SHEEHAN and JIM CUSACK

GARDAI are not treating the sudden death of a female prison officer found dead in her north Dublin home early yesterday as suspicious.

Deirdre Duggan, 44, worked at Mountjoy Prison for 20 years and lived at Templeview Grove in Clare Hall.

Gardai were called to the house shortly after midnight.

Ms Duggan is understood to have been found in her bed and to have suffered a head injury. It is also understood that she may earlier have been socialising and went to bed but suffered severe bleeding from the wound.

Another woman living in the house called gardai.

Ms Duggan was originally from Limerick and had served her entire career at the male prison in Mountjoy. She was described yesterday by colleagues as a very popular and dedicated officer.

"She was very sporty and big into cycling and running when she was younger. She was very, very well liked," a colleagues said.

Ms Duggan, who was openly gay and had a long-term partner, was immensely respected by workmates. Her sexuality had never been an issue in her career, they said.

Her brother Niall is also a prison officer, working in Limerick Prison. The family were informed early yesterday after the discovery of her body.

Prison officers in Dublin remarked that the death of Ms Duggan was the third death of a prison officer in the city in the same week. Two others died suddenly, both from natural causes.

The Garda Press Office said no cause of death would be released until the outcome of a post-mortem. Sources said it was understood that Ms Duggan had head injuries.

Sunday Independent

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