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Bereaved father seeks possible reasons for daughters death from coroner

Posted by seumasach on January 28, 2010

This not the first time teenage suicide has been linked to EM pollution. The question was raised concerning multiple suicides in Bridgend, Britain’s first wi-fied town

Leinster Leader

27th January, 2010

THE father of a a 13-year-old Maynooth schoolgirl who took her own life last year has asked the Kildare county coroner to investigate possible reasons why his otherwise normal child would take such action, including the presence of electromagnetic fields from masts.

The grief-stricken father and family members attended the Inquest into his daughter’s death before Kildare county coroner, Dr Denis Cusack, on Monday, January 25. He said this was the fourth inquest into the death of a young girl in north Kildare who had taken her own life.

But he said there was no substantial evidence of anything linking the deaths.

Dr Cusack also said that he examined text messages and there was nothing significant in them other than normal messages which would be sent between girls of that age.

The girl’s father said his daughter had “an infectious smile, a sharp wit and a kindness for others”.

She suffered from migraine and was not coping well with the menstrual cycle.

The inquest heard that other family members had found paracetemol in her belongings the month before her death and there was no clear reason for it.

At a function just before her death she was said to be quiet and withdrawn.

He said during his last discussion with her she was upset after he had pulled the plug on her computer because it was late in the evening.

She did not have problems in school, he said.

Her death was “the worst experience of my family’s life” and he “would never fully heal,” he said.

The father asked Dr Cusack that a number of possible reasons for her death and that of others be investigated including the presence of electromagnetic fields in north Kildare, which, he suggested, could have biological effects.

He also asked that the relationship with migrane, serotonin, and the possible effects of a fall and blows to the head be investigated in relation to suicide as his daughter had a fall from skates some years ago.

There was no question of alcohol or prescribed drugs being present in the girl, the inquest heard.

Dr Cusack said that some of these matters were outside the remit of the inquest but he would pass on the requests to others who are doing research into suicide.

He said that studies done 20 years ago had show no connection between electromagnetic fields and suicide.

Evidence of a broad nature was given by the girl’s school guidance counsellor and Dr Cusack emphasised that the confidential relationship between students and a school’s counseller was vital.

Students had to have confidence in that confidentiality and information should be kept confidential except in the most “exceptional
circumstances”.

In a statement ready by Garda Inspector Kevin Lavelle the inquest heard that the dead girl’s older sister had been concerned over her wellbeing and had spoken to her mother to get the girl to talk to the counsellor.

The school contacted her parents and recommended referral to a GP.
It also emerged in the evidence that the dead girl and her friends had been preoccupied with death at the time.

The gardai were called when the family found their daughter in a bedroom.

There were no notes found to explain her action and the texts in the phone contained ordinary communications of a 13-year-old.

In summary, Dr Cusack concluded that death was self-inflicted and that there had been a very thorough investigation by the Garda.

He said this was an inconsolable loss for the family but that, after four inquests into the deaths of young people in north Kildare, there was no evidence of any substantial link between them or that there was a cluster or that they were other than single tragic events.

He extended his sympathies to the family.

l A special suicide awareness programme run by the Health Service Executive will take place in Naas on February 9-10. Supported by the Lions Club, there are 24 places on the course. There are twenty four places available. Sean is contactable at 086-2660596.

One Response to “Bereaved father seeks possible reasons for daughters death from coroner”

  1. Martin Weatherall said

    The coroner stated – “that studies done 20 years ago had show no connection between electromagnetic fields and suicide”.

    This is not accurate and up to date information because there are strong links between electro magnetic fields from powerlines causing increased depression and suicide. Also, in the last twenty years, children are being exposed to electro magnetic radiation from wireless devices and antennas at exposure levels which are thousands of times higher than ever in history. Among the known effects are depression, sleeping problems, difficultly thinking clearly and neuological effects on the body and brain.

    The coroner needs to re-investigate the effects of electro magnetic radiation and he will find that there are important links that he has missed. If he fails to properly investigate this danger, he is placing all other children at risk.

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