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Ellis requests Dáil debate on Rachel Peavoy inquiry

7 July, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Dessie Ellis Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West today called for the Dáil to facilitate a debate on the need for a independent public inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of Rachel Peavoy in Ballymun in 2010.

Deputy Ellis said –

“Rachel, a 30 year old mother of two was found dead in her flat in 2010 but her family still are without many answers to important questions. The family need these answers for their own peace of mind but also to know that this will not be allowed to happen again.

“The coroner reported that Rachel died of hypothermia. This was following weeks of Rachel reporting to the city council that her heating was not working.

“Rachel was living in a block of flats which was well into the process of de-tenanting and was one of very few left living there. This would mean her flat was particularly difficult to heat even when her heating was working. She had to use electric heaters constantly in the winter.

“The question has to be asked, why Rachel was left so long, isolated in the block with no supports around her? We need answers to make sure no one is left in a similar situation again and we are not faced with another tragedy like the loss of Rachel.”

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