A patient has died at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork following an apparent attack by a young patient.
Cork City Center Hospital has launched its emergency response plan, while Gardai have cordoned off the part of the hospital where the apparent attack took place in the early hours of the morning.
One person has been taken into custody.
It is being told that the deceased is a male patient above 80 years of age.
The person detained is in his 30s.
Other patients and staff raised the alarm when they saw the seriously injured elderly patient on one of the MUH wards around 5 am (Sunday).
The man, in his 30s, was found at the scene in an agitated state.
There is no possibility of use of any weapon in the incident.
It took place in the main part of the city center hospital which is one of Ireland’s oldest and best known acute teaching hospitals outside Dublin.
The hospital is about 170 years old and sections of its main building are about 300 years old.
When the person was found injured, security staff and Gardai were alerted and the scene was immediately sealed off.
Desperate efforts were launched to assist the injured elderly man.
However, he was declared brought dead after a while.
Now a complete forensic and technical investigation of the scene will be done.
The man’s remains will be taken to Cork Mortuary for a post-mortem later today.
Garda sources insisted the nature of their investigation would be determined by the findings of the post-mortem.
The incident is now being investigated separately by the MUH.
Gardai suspect the older man died directly from the injuries sustained in the incident with the younger man.
In a statement, Gardai confirmed that one person has been arrested in connection with the patient’s death.
“Gardai in Cork are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the death of a male in his late 80s, following an incident at Mercy University Hospital on Sunday 22 January.”
“Gardai were informed of an incident involving two male patients at the hospital just after 5.30am this morning.”
“A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene by investigating Gardai and taken to Bridwell Garda Station in Cork, where he is currently in custody under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.”
Under the terms of that section, the man can be detained for questioning for up to 24 hours.
“The scene is currently being preserved for forensic and technical examination. An incident room has been set up at Bridewell Garda Station and the services of the State Pathologist have been requested.”
“A Garda Family Liaison Officer (FLO) has been appointed and the family of the deceased have been informed.”
“Gardai investigating are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”