Inquest opens into the seven deaths on Church Street

An inquest has been opened into the seven deaths on Church Street. The deceased were named as: Hugh Salmon (17 years), Elizabeth Salmon (4), Nicholas Fitzpatrick (40), Elizabeth Fagan (50), John Shiels (3), Peter Crowley (6) and Margaret Rourke (55). Mrs Bridget Ryan, the owner of the tenements appeared at the Inquest, and told how Dublin Corporation had ordered work on 66 and 67 Church Street two months ago to make the buildings safe. Mrs Ryan stated that she had the necessary works done by professional tradesmen and she believed the buildings were safe. The Inquest heard medical evidence on the cause of death, and testimony from a variety of witnesses confirming the identifications of the deceased. The Inquest was adjourned for a week to hear further evidence on the reason for the building’s collapse.

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