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A garda on duty at the scene

A garda on duty at the scene

A garda on duty at the scene

GardaI are investigating after a woman was found dead at her flat in the Kilmainham area of Dublin.

The victim was named locally as Karina Hanley, originally believed to be from the Cabra West area in the north of the city.

She is thought to have been in her mid to late 40s.

Ms Hanley, who locals said was a mother-of-one, was found on the floor of her ground-floor flat in the Bow Bridge area of Bow Lane late on Monday evening.

Sources said some damage had been done to the door of the flat, and gardai became concerned that there may have been an element of foul play in her death.

The scene was sealed off and a forensic examination was carried out by members of the garda technical bureau as a matter of protocol.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out later today, and the results of that examination will determine the course of the garda investigation.

A spokesman for the garda press office confirmed officers at Kilmainham are investigating the death of a woman that happened between June 14 and June 15.

"The woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene," he said.

Candles

Neighbours reacted with shock at the news of Ms Hanley's sudden death, and as word spread throughout the local community yesterday morning people could be seen gathering near where garda tape sealed off the scene.

Flowers had been placed at the scene, along with a can of beer.

A number of tea-light candles forming the letter 'K' were also placed on the road outside the property, which is split into three flats.

Local woman Phyllis Seale said Ms Hanley was a kind lady who "wouldn't see anyone stuck for help".

"It's very sad. She's been living there around three years but she didn't go out much since the Covid outbreak, but you'd see her at the door having a smoke and she would wave and say hello," she added.

Phyllis's daughter Alice (5) was also saddened by the news.

"She liked flowers and butterflies and I used to paint her pictures of them," she said.

"She gave me a treat at Christmas and Easter. She was a lovely lady."

Another local woman, Rita Boland, said Ms Hanley was sociable and very kind, adding: "She didn't go out much but she would have a number of friends who would visit her."

A next-door neighbour said he had not heard any noise or disturbance at the flat in the last couple of days.