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True lady Family of Dundalk woman found dead in her home to hold vigil to highlight 'miscarriage of justice' 

They believe that Ms Bracken died following a struggle with a handbag thief at her home on the morning of December 16, 2019.

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Margaret Bracken (from RIP.ie)

Margaret Bracken (from RIP.ie)

Margaret Bracken (from RIP.ie)

The family of a Dundalk woman whose body was found in the hallway of her home more than a year and a half ago are to hold a vigil outside Dundalk courthouse in the coming weeks. 

They will stage the vigil as part of a campaign to have the death of Margaret Bracken (68) treated as suspicious.

They believe that Ms Bracken died following a struggle with a handbag thief at her home on the morning of December 16, 2019.

A post mortem found the primary cause of death was myocardial infarction, a heart attack, while chronic lung disease was listed a secondary cause.

However, following complaints over a failure to seal off and examine the scene, the Garda watchdog GSOC launched an investigation.

The probe found that there had been no breach of disciplinary regulations.

The family previously revealed that their mum had won €350,000 in the Lottery about a decade earlier.

They believe that she died after her handbag, which they claim contained a large sum of money, was stolen.

Her daughter gave an update on their campaign in a post on Facebook last night.

In a prepared statement that she read out to camera, Ava O Braichan (Eve Bracken), said: “Twenty months ago we as a family learned of the tragic loss of our dearly beloved mother and granny Margaret Bracken. My mother was a victim of a serious crime but worst of all, the gardai did not seal off her home after finding her naked behind the front door.

“Our mother had been robbed of 17,000 cash, all in €50 notes, and her handbag was missing.

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“We informed the Garda (but) they refused to heed our endless calls. They refused to listen and would not seal off our mother's home. Our beautiful mother came home to us bruised.

“We begged and pleaded to Dundalk station to heed our calls and our presence at the doorstep in Dundalk Garda station.”

Ms Bracken claimed that gardai asked the family how their mother would have had that sum of money on her person.

The family replied “over and over that she had won the lottery a good few years back”.

“Our mam was a true lady,” Ms Bracken added. “It’s now 2021 and we will be exposing this huge miscarriage of justice. There while a vigil outside Dundalk court house in the coming weeks.

“We are calling on all in the community wide and far to help us get justice. Our mam's life matters. Justice for Margaret Bracken.”

Gardai said today that they have an ongoing investigation "into all the circumstances of the discovery of the body of a female in Dundalk in unexplained circumstances on the evening of the 15th December 2019".

"An Garda Síochána does not comment on the specifics of ongoing investigations, however An Garda Síochána can confirm that a file has been submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions," they said.

"An Garda Síochána does not comment on correspondence with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

"A complaint was investigated by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Certain into certain aspects of the response of members of An Garda Síochána in this case.

"While An Garda Síochána does not comment on investigations by GSOC, this office understands that this investigation has been completed."

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