HSE refusal to comment
on fatal Kilkenny crash

THE Health Service Executive (HSE) has refused to comment on whether proper protocol was followed in relation to releasing a patient who was subsequently involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two people.

THE Health Service Executive (HSE) has refused to comment on whether proper protocol was followed in relation to releasing a patient who was subsequently involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two people.

Gardaí are continuing their investigations into the death of the couple who were killed at Troyswood, a few miles outside the city on the Freshford Road last month. The man in question was a passenger in the other car.

It is believed that investigating officers have spoken to him regarding his part in the accident. It is understood that the man, who is in his 30s, was being driven back to St Luke’s Hospital, where he was a psychiatric patient at the time. He was a front-seat passenger in the other car and was a patient at the Department of Psychiatry for a number of weeks prior to the horrific crash that claimed the lives of Tommy and Angela Kenneally from Templemore, Co Tipperary.

It is understood that the trip out of the hospital was part of a programme prior to his planned discharge.

According to reports,after a short distance from the hospital, the car in which he was a passenger was reported to have ‘veered violently’ across the road from its correct side into the path of the Kenneallys’ car.

Gardaí have confirmed that they are continuing their investigations into the incident and are preparing a file on the matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A HSE spokesman refused to comment when asked whether proper protocol was followed in relation to the patient’s release and said it was not policy to discuss details of any individual with the media.