The Department of Justice last night described the death of a transgender woman in a direct provision centre in Galway as unexplained.

The woman is believed to be from Africa.

The exact circumstances of the woman's death are unclear but the Department of Justice confirmed she fell ill at the direct provision centre.  A spokeserson says a post mortem examination is due to take place and until results are known the department will make no further statement.

Two LGBT resource centres in Galway, Amach and Teach Solais, have issued a statement of condolence describing the woman as a 'great friend'. 

The Transgender Equality Network says it has been in contact with Gardai and relevant authorities to offer assistance if needed.

In a statement, the Green Party has claimed the woman came to Ireland legally seeking asylum and described the death as a tragedy



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