Woman still critical following suspected hotel gas leak

Investigations were continuing today into the death of a woman in a suspected hotel gas leak.

Investigations were continuing today into the death of a woman in a suspected hotel gas leak.

Miriam Reidy, from Ballyhahill, Co Limerick, was with a group of women on a hen weekend when she fell ill and died at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale, Co Cork.

Her sister, Patricia, was left fighting for her life and several other women were rushed to hospital.

The Garda, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and hotel management are carrying out separate inquiries into what caused the incident.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 2pm yesterday when the victim, in her 30s, was discovered in an upstairs room.

Her sister, who was also staying in the room, remains in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital today.

Fire and rescue crews, using breathing apparatus, took a number of other people who were suffering breathing difficulties out of the hotel.

It is believed the women were among a hen party who were staying in Kinsale at the weekend.

A hospital spokeswoman said six people were later released after receiving medical attention.

Hotel spokesman Hal McElroy said everybody was devastated and shocked at the incident.

“As there are Garda and Health and Safety Authority investigations underway, we are not in a position to comment further on the actual incident, but are co-operating fully with the investigations,” he said.

Mr McElroy said guests and staff have been checked by a Health Service Executive medical team at the hotel.

“While the investigation is being carried out, the hotel has been temporarily evacuated,” he said. “All guests have been accommodated locally.”

It is believed around 150 guests were staying at the hotel.

Mr McElroy said a team at the hotel made every effort yesterday to contact all guests who stayed there on Saturday night to make sure they were in good health.

A 24-hour phone line was also set up to handle queries.

But Mr McElroy said no additional cases of sickness were reported overnight nor were there any more health complaints from guests who were moved to a neighbouring hotel yesterday evening.

“As a precautionary measure there was a medical team on stand-by all night, should they be required,” he said.

The hotel will be closed until the investigations by the authorities have been completed.

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