Heated inquest into girl’s drowning in canal in Limerick

The inquests were heard at the HSE offices, Catherine Street
THE family of a 16-year-old girl from Limerick city have accused gardai of failing to fully examine the circumstances surrounding her death from drowning earlier this year.

THE family of a 16-year-old girl from Limerick city have accused gardai of failing to fully examine the circumstances surrounding her death from drowning earlier this year.

Abuse was shouted at gardai during a heated inquest into the death of the girl, whose body was removed from the canal near the Absolute Hotel last April.

Limerick City Coroner’s Court heard the garda investigation into the death of the teenage girl found no evidence of foul play.

During heated exchanges the girl’s sister called the gardai “lazy” and accused them of only wanting to close the case.

She said there was no evidence from other people who were with her sister the last night she was seen alive in Limerick, including a man who had punched her in the face.

Gardai accepted the girl had been assaulted but were of the opinion this was not relevant to the cause of death.

The girl’s brother said he believed his sister was pushed into the canal.

A post mortem showed the 16-year-old girl had “toxic levels” of alcohol and “therapeutic” levels of prescription drugs in her system. Coroner John McNamara recorded an open verdict saying he doesn’t believe she intended to take her life but that he could also not say it was an accident.