Lawyers seek new inquest into murder of Mary McGlinchey

Lawyers seek new inquest into murder of Mary McGlinchey

Ciarán Mulholland

The Attorney General should order a fresh inquest into the murder of Mary McGlinchey in 1987, lawyers acting for her sole immediate living relative have said.

Mulholland Law has made representations directly to the Attorney General after “scant documentation received from the coroner for Co Louth and the extraordinary apathetic attitude of gardaí to our enquiries”.

Ciarán Mulholland, solicitor, said: “It is absurd to that that one of the most horrific murders during the recent Troubles is officially recorded by the State as ‘cause of death - laceration of brain’.

“A swift inquest a year after those dreadful events with merely two civilian witnesses, two garda witnesses and the state pathologist. There is no doubt there was an insufficiency of inquiry as to how death occurred.

“Mary McGlinchey was murdered having been assaulted and shot several times at close quarters in the presence of her children. This was most definitely an unlawful killing — nothing less and should of lead to a full thorough investigation which was effective and efficient.

“The cases and the failures of numerous State agencies necessitate why we need urgent radical reform to our discriminatory coronial system.”

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