Exhumation of woman’s body in Limerick after confession

Colm Ward

Reporter:

Colm Ward

Gardai arrive at St Mary's Graveyard, Rathkeale where the remains of Margaret Seery are interred and her body was due to be exhumed. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
THE body of Limerick woman Margaret Seery is being exhumed this Tuesday morning from her grave in Rathkeale after a man allegedly confessed to gardai to murdering her 20 years ago.

THE body of Limerick woman Margaret Seery is being exhumed this Tuesday morning from her grave in Rathkeale after a man allegedly confessed to gardai to murdering her 20 years ago.

In light of this new information, gardai applied to the Department of Justice to exhume the remains in order to carry out a full post mortem.

Depute State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is expected to perform the post mortem at University Hospital Limerick later today.

Ms Seery died in October 1994 in the Dublin flat in which she had been living. At the time, choking was determined as the cause of death and foul play was not suspected.

However, in recent weeks, a man claimed to Dublin gardai that he had killed the 42-year-old woman.

It is understood that he took gardai to the flat in Dublin where Ms Seery died and confessed to attacking her and strangling her there.

The results of the post mortem will determine if a murder investigation will be opened into her death.

Family members of Ms Seery, some of whom still live in Rathkeale, are being kept informed by Gardai.