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Thursday 8 December 2016

Corbetts say Molly Martens Corbett claims are 'deluded'

Jason Corbett and Molly Martens
Jason Corbett and Molly Martens
Jason Corbett

The family of the late Jason Corbett have rejected claims that he was about to seek joint Irish-American citizenship for his children, describing statements by his American widow and in-laws as "deluded propaganda".

Mr Corbett (39, inset), from Limerick, died on August 2 at his home in North Carolina.

His American wife, Molly Martens Corbett, and her father, Thomas Martens (65), a former FBI agent, have been named by police as "persons of interest" in the investigation into his death. No one has been arrested.

A US court granted guardianship of the Limerick-born children to Mr Corbett's sister, Tracey Lynch, and her husband, David. The couple were named as legal guardians to Jack and Sarah in their father's will following the death in 2006 of his first wife, Mags, from an asthma attack.

After a protracted legal process the children were eventually returned to Limerick a week ago and last Monday they attended their father's funeral.

Speaking on Newstalk radio yesterday, Ms Marten's uncle, Mike Earnest, claimed Mr Corbett intended to "get joint citizenship for himself and the children. This would help Molly to be able to adopt them".

Reacting to the interview, Mr Corbett's brother, John, insisted his brother never "entertained the idea of making his children dual Irish-American citizens".

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