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Man who died in custody “had health problems” 11.11.13

AN investigation is underway following the death of a man in garda custody in Buncrana in the early hours of today.
The deceased was named locally as Michael Lynch, an unmarried man in his early 60s. He was originally from Kinnego, outside Buncrana but had been living in the Sliabh Sneacht housing estate within the town bounds.
A steel-fixer by trade, he had worked for many years in the construction industry in Britain. It is understood he had a number of serious health conditions and had not worked in recent times.
Local people today stressed that while Mr Lynch was in custody at the time of his death, he was not under arrest.
"It seems the guards were called to his home because he was found outside and couldn't get into the house. He was then taken to the local garda station," said one source. "It seems the guards were trying to help him out.”
A post mortem was carried out on Mr Lynch's body at Letterkenny General Hospital this afternoon. The results have not yet been made public but it understood its findings will show that Mr Lynch died of natural causes.
Donegal Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn confirmed that a joint investigation by An Garda Siochana and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was launched soon after the tragic discovery.
She said officials from GSOC had travelled to Buncrana Garda Station where they were briefed by the superintendent on call who had been working over the weekend.
"It will be a joint investigation until after the pm (post mortem) results," she told Highland Radio.
Meanwhile, Buncrana mayor, Cllr Peter McLaughlin said the town was deeply saddened by the local man’s death.
“This is a terrible tragedy and I would like to offer my sincere sympathies at this sad time to his family and friends,” said the Fine Gael councillor.
A GSOC spokesman last night said: "The matter was referred to the Garda Ombudsman by the Garda Commissioner in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005. This is standard procedure in circumstances such as these."
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