Woman not informed of partner’s inquest seeks formal apology

The partner of a Dungiven man who was killed in an industrial accident five years ago says she is seeking a formal apology after his inquest took place without her knowledge.

48 year old Richard McSparron was crushed to death in a rock slide at a Donegal quarry in 2005, and at his inquest yesterday, Coroner Denis Mc Cauley found an "unsafe system of work" led to the 48-year-old's death.

The hearing went ahead despite the fact that there were no members of the deceased's family present. Gardai told the coroner the family had been informed by registered mail, and during a short adjournment, unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the family by phone.

Denise McKeague was Mr Mc Sparron's partner, and is the mother of his daughter Amber, who is now 12.

She told Shaun Doherty today that she's angry that she missed the hearing, and she wants a full apology.......

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