Journalist 'died from internal bleed'

Thu, Aug 2, 2012, 01:00

Journalist Eugene Moloney, who died following an incident on Camden Street in Dublin just over a month ago, had suffered an internal bleed in the brain, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard today.

The 55-year-old, a former Irish Independent and Evening Herald reporter, died after he suffered a blow to the head on Camden Street as he made his way home to Portobello Place in south Dublin after a night out with friends on June 24th. He was taken to St James’s hospital following the incident where he was pronounced dead.

At the opening of the inquest into Mr Moloney’s death today, Detective inspector Sean Campbell requested an adjournment until criminal proceedings have been completed. Trainee mechanic Gary Burch (21) from Kennington Close in Templeogue, south Dublin, has been charged with the manslaughter of Mr Moloney at Camden Street on June 24th.

Mr Moloney’s brother Sean told the court that he identified the body at the Dublin City Mortuary in Marino on June 25th. The autopsy was carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the court that in his preliminary report, Dr Curtis has given the cause of death as a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage – a bleed in the brain related to a trauma.

Mr Moloney was survived by his brother Sean and sister Roisin, brother-in-law John McCaughan, who was also in court today, and his girlfriend Chi Chi Tran.

Dr Farrell extended his sympathies to the family but said that he could not make any other comment with criminal proceedings underway.

“I understand that your brother was well known for his work in the media but I cannot comment any further today,” he said.

He adjourned the inquest until the completion of criminal proceedings.