HSE review of Killybegs drowning

Sue Doherty

Reporter:

Sue Doherty

THE HSE is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of a pensioner whose body was found in Killybegs Harbour just hours after he was reported missing from Killybegs Community Hospital on Friday.

THE HSE is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of a pensioner whose body was found in Killybegs Harbour just hours after he was reported missing from Killybegs Community Hospital on Friday.

Both Thomas Pringle TD and Cllr. Brendan Byrne said there were “questions to be answered” as to how he had left the hospital unnoticed.

In September 2009, HIQA inspectors said the hospital’s open door policy posed a risk to patients with cognitive disorders and said “significant improvements” were needed to ensure proper risk assessments and actions plans were in place in this regard.

During a follow up inspection in February 2010, the inspectors noted that these plans were still not in place

A spokesperson for the HSE said yesterday they were “reviewing the circumstances” surrounding the death.

Paddy Keeney (87) went missing from Killybegs Community Hospital at around 12 noon on Friday. During the search for him, the body of Michael MacIntyre, a 50-year-old fisherman from Malin Beg, Glencolmcille was discovered in water near a slipway, just after 3pm. He had last been seen in Killybegs on Wednesday night. The body of Mr Keeney, who worked in the Carpet Factory for most of his life, was found about 100m away, in water near the pier, at around 4.30pm.

South west Donegal came to a virtual standstill yesterday morning, as the funerals of both men, as well as that of 16-year-old Martin Maguire of Ardara, who died after a brave battle a serious illness, took place.

Thousands attended the funeral masses in Ardara, Kilcar/Killybegs and Glencolumcille.

Read more in today’s Donegal Democrat / Donegal People’s Press.