Inquests into the deaths of two young people who died in a single-vehicle car accident in Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo, over three years ago were opened and adjourned yesterday, because a Garda investigation into the tragedy is ongoing.
Supt Joe McKenna successfully sought the adjournment of the inquests into the deaths of 18-year old Orla O’Malley from Cross, Co. Mayo, and Sean Thomas Halloran aged 20 of Clonbur, Co. Galway.
Ms O’Malley was a back seat passenger and Sean Halloran was in the front seat of a car which crashed into a wall at Churchfield, Tourmakeady, in the early hours of June 4, 2017.
At yesterday's brief hearing, Teresa Mullan, solicitor, said families involved regretted “the ongoing refusal of one of the parties (involved in the accident) to engage with the appropriate authorities.
She said this was adding to the families’ distress and grief.
Coroner Pat O’Connor said he fully understood the feeling of the families and said that, in the circumstances, it is important that the course of whatever proceedings there are, are dealt with..
After hearing evidence about the identification of the deceased and the injuries they sustained, the coroner adjourned finalisation of the inquests to July 19 of next year.