Inquest into deaths

Aisling Kiernan

Reporter:

Aisling Kiernan

The store in Longford town where Sean Mulleady and Pat Gaffney lost their lives after an internal wall fell on them.
Two Longford men died from injuries sustained after an internal wall collapsed on them at a DIY store earlier this year.

Two Longford men died from injuries sustained after an internal wall collapsed on them at a DIY store earlier this year.

The verdict was returned by Coroner Dr Wilfred Hoover during an inquest into the deaths of Drumlish native, Séan Mulleady (47) and Pat Gaffney (67) of Tarmonbarry at the Connacht Gold DIY store in Longford town on January 29 last.

In his evidence to the inquest, Garda Colm Bane said, that, following the collapse of an internal wall at the store on the date in question, a number of people had been seriously injured. He also pointed out that subsequent to the incident, he observed the bodies of both Mr Mulleady and Mr Gaffney later that day at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar.

Pathologist, Dr Walsh then gave her evidence to the inquest. During her submissions she indicated that both men had a number of fractures to their bodies, bruising and cuts to their heads and faces. “My conclusion would be that, both men died from multiple injuries as a result of wall collapse,” she added.

Dr Hoover then informed the hearing that it had been brought to his attention, that an investigation currently being carried out by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) into the matter, was not expected to conclude for at least two years. “As a result of this partial investigation [inquest] into the deaths of both men, the families can now obtain death certificates,” the Coroner said, adding that they would be available for collection next week. “My intention is to adjourn this matter for a full year until I hear from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) - today is just a partial investigation into the men’s deaths, but at least now the families will be able to get a death certificate.”