Probe into death of man in Garda station

Buncrana Garda Station.  (DER4613JB082)
Buncrana Garda Station. (DER4613JB082)

An investigation is under way into the death of a man at Buncrana Garda Station.

The deceased was last night named locally as 61 year-old Michael Lynch, of Pairc Mor in the town.

Mr Lynch who was in custody, was found dead at the Inishowen station in the early hours of yesterday.

A post-mortem examination was held at Letterkenny General Hospital yesterday afternoon.

No information was released about the manner of his death by the time of going to print but it is believed there were no suspicious circumstances.

It’s understood that Mr Lynch had been in ill health recently.

Mr Lynch was not married but had a long-term partner.

Fianna Fail Councillor Rena Donaghey, who knew Mr Lynch, said Mr Lynch’s death was a “terrible tragedy”.

“It’s very sad and very tragic. Michael worked for long number of years in England but returned home some years back.

“He’s from a very hard- working and well-respected family. He was well-known and well liked and this is a terrible tragedy.”

Colr Donaghey added: “I would like to extend my sympathy to his family and partner at this difficult time.”

Donegal North East TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said the public will have confidence that an independent investigation will be carried out by the Garda ombudsman.

“Any death of a person in Garda custody is a cause for public concern

“The law is now in place, though, which means an independent investigation is automatically carried out. This should give the public confidence that the full circumstances of the death will be fully and independently investigated.

“My heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased man at this sad time.”

A spokesperson for the Garda Ombudsman’s office said yesterday that an investigation was underway: “A man has died at Buncrana Garda Station in Donegal in the early hours of this morning. The matter has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman by the Garda Commissioner in accordance with section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005. This is standard procedure in circumstances such as these.”