Two women found dead at Midlands emergency accommodation centre

Two women have died at an emergency accommodation hostel in midlands.

What Gardai are describing as "unexplained deaths" occurred at an emergency accommodation centre in Offaly.

On Sunday, Gardai were called to the Clonamore House facility in Tullamore town, where a woman aged 44 years was discovered in an unresponsive state. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Her body was removed to Tullamore Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

This morning at the same location emergency services were called to treat a woman in aged her late teens. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later and her body has since been removed to the mortuary at Tullamore hospital where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

While at the hostel a 23-year-old man became unresponsive and was removed by ambulance to Tullamore hospital. His condition is understood to be critical. 

A second man, aged 32 years, was also taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Gardaí are liaising with the HSE and CADS, a local community alcohol and drugs support group, in relation to the case.

The deaths are not thought to be Covid related and Gardaí are awaiting post-mortem and toxicology results to determine the course of at their enquiries. The local Coroner has been notified.

Investigations are ongoing.

The Clonamore House previously operated as a hotel but in recent times has served as emergency accommodation for the Midlands region, including Westmeath, Longford, Offaly and Laois.