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Probes under way after hotel 'gas leak' death

Investigations were continuing today into the death of a woman in a suspected hotel gas leak.

Miriam Reidy, from Ballyhahill, Co Limerick, was with a group of women on a hen weekend when she fell ill and died at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Her sister, Patricia, was left fighting for her life and several other women were rushed to hospital.

The Garda, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and hotel management are carrying out separate inquiries into what caused the incident.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 2pm yesterday when the victim, in her 30s, was discovered in an upstairs room.

Her sister, who was also staying in the room, remains in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital today.

Fire and rescue crews, using breathing apparatus, took a number of other people who were suffering breathing difficulties out of the hotel.

It is believed the woman were among a hen party who were staying in Kinsale at the weekend.

A hospital spokeswoman said six people were later released after receiving medical attention.

Hotel spokesman Hal McElroy said everybody was devastated and shocked at the incident.

"As there are Garda and Health and Safety Authority investigations under way, we are not in a position to comment further on the actual incident, but are co-operating fully with the investigations," he said.

Mr McElroy said guests and staff have been checked by a Health Service Executive medical team at the hotel.

"While the investigation is being carried out, the hotel has been temporarily evacuated," he said.

"All guests have been accommodated locally."

It is believed around 150 guests were staying at the hotel.

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