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Dublin man and his fiancee found dead in suspected drugs overdose

A DUBLIN man and his fiancee found dead in a house in Co Wexford died from a suspected accidental drugs overdose, gardai believe.

Post mortems were being carried out today on the bodies of Stephen deLoughry (28) and Melissa Giltrap (32), whose bodies were found in a house in the village of Clonroche yesterday afternoon.

The discovery - at a property in the Woodlands estate - is understood to have been made by a relative of the young man, who raised the alarm.


A garda spokesman today said the deaths are believed to be drugs-related but they will await the results of the post mortems before confirming this.

Gardai said they are not treating the deaths as suspicious, adding it is possible they overdosed by accident or took drugs in combination with alcohol which can also have a fatal effect.

The toxicity levels of any drugs that might be found in their systems will also be looked into during the post mortems.

Mr de Loughry is originally from Blanchardstown while Ms Giltrap - who has a young daughter from a previous relationship - is from Slaney View Park in Enniscorthy.

The community in Clonroche has been left in shock, one local councillor told the Herald.

Cllr Mary Farrell said news of the young couple's deaths is "absolutely heartbreaking".

"This is a tragedy for Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Wexford and Dublin.

"A young girl now has to grow her up without her mother, it is devastating.

"The Government needs to step up their spending in areas related to tackling the drug problem head on. It is an issue that is affecting rural areas as well as Dublin," councillor Farrell added.