Irish police are to launch a fresh investigation into the death of American media consultant Kate Fitzgerald in an apparent suicide last year.
Kate was head of Democrats Abroad and had run the campaign for Barack Obama for Americans living in Ireland. Her parents, Tom and Sally FitzGerald, formerly resident in San Francisco, had returned home to Ireland.
American citizen Fitzgerald’s story attracted huge interest, when she allegedly committed suicide before her anonymous account of coping with depression was published to wide acclaim.
The Sunday Independent newspaper reports that a new investigation has been ordered by Dublin police into all the circumstances surrounding 25-year-old Kate’s death last August.
The paper reports that post-mortem results have raised the possibility that she may have died in suspicious circumstances.
It also reveals that a detective superintendent at the Pearse Street police station in the city has been appointed to lead the new inquiry.
Detectives have begun to interview anyone who came into contact with Fitzgerald in her last days.
The new probe has been prompted by a complaint to Ireland’s police ombudsman from Fitzgerald’s grieving parents Tom and Sally Fitzgerald.
They are unhappy with initial investigations into her death when her body was found at her home in south Dublin on August 22, 2011 in an apparent suicide.
Under Irish law, police must investigate the circumstances of such deaths and present a report on their findings to the coroner, who is required to establish the cause of death.
The Fitzgerald family complained to the ombudsman that the original investigation was ‘not sufficiently thorough.'
Sources have told the Sunday Independent that the post-mortem results, received by the family in February, noted an unusual feature which was not consistent with suicide.
Before her death, Fitzgerald was a media consultant and aspiring writer who suffered from depression.
The Sunday Independent reports that she became a household name in Ireland after her death when she was identified as the author of an anonymous article in the Irish Times about depression in the workplace.
The paper says that the story of how she submitted the article hours before seemingly taking her own life became an internet sensation after it was published last September.
The Irish Times has since apologized to her employer, the Communications Clinic, after it was identified in the article, which made several claims about working there.
Her family have confirmed their complaint to the police ombudsman and told the paper that they have still not been informed as to what aspect of their daughter’s final article were ‘not factual.'
Her parents have also made a complaint to Ireland’s Press Ombudsman who ruled that the Irish Times ‘failed to take sufficiently into account the feelings of Tom and Sally Fitzgerald, who were grieving over the death by suicide of their daughter.'
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