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witness appeal Probe underway after sudden death of man found unresponsive in garda station

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has appealed for witnesses in relation to its investigation into the circumstances of the death of a man in Drogheda, Co Louth on Sunday.

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AN investigation is underway into the sudden death of a man discovered unresponsive in a garda station at the weekend.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has appealed for witnesses in relation to its investigation into the circumstances of the death of a man in Drogheda, Co Louth on Sunday, 31 January 2021.

The man was arrested in the area of Trinity Street, Drogheda at around 12.30pm Sunday afternoon and brought to Drogheda Garda Station. He was found to be unresponsive shortly afterwards and was brought by ambulance to hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

He was taken to the local garda station and put into a holding cell about 1pm. It’s believed that minutes later he was discovered unconscious in the cell.

Gardaí administered CPR and the man was then brought by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Garda Ombudsman has been notified and investigators attended the scene.

A Garda Superintendent referred the matter to GSOC in accordance with section 102 (1) the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.

After carrying out an initial assessment, it was decided gardaí would continue to take the lead in the case, a spokesman said.

“A full investigation will be carried out to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of the man.

“Arrangements are being made with the coroner for a post-mortem examination to be carried out. Enquiries are ongoing,” the garda spokesman added.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) said it had received a referral in relation to the sudden death.

“Gsoc received a referral from a Garda Superintendent yesterday afternoon in relation to the death of a man who had been arrested on Trinity Street, Drogheda, a short time earlier. (The referral was made in accordance with section 102 (1) of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005.)

“Gsoc has been informed that the man was found to be unresponsive minutes after being put in a cell at Drogheda Garda Station at 1pm yesterday. Gardaí administered CPR and an ambulance was called. The man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, and pronounced dead a short time later.

“The matter is currently under examination by Gsoc,” the spokeswoman added.

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Potential witnesses who may have information in relation to the death or who were in the vicinity of Trinity Street, Drogheda before 12.40pm Sunday 31 January are asked to ring the GSOC witness appeal line at 1890 600 800.


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