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Gardaí hoping to interview woman linked to boy’s death

Gardaí investigating the death of six-year-old Matthew Healy following an incident at Rathmoylan in Co Waterford on Friday are hoping to interview the woman arrested in connection with the boy’s death today or in the coming days.

The woman has not yet been formally interviewed by investigating gardaí as she has been under medical supervision since her arrest.

She will not be interviewed by detectives until she is deemed medically fit. She may be deemed well enough to be interviewed later today, or in the early days of this week.

Matthew was discovered in a car in the Dunmore East area shortly after midnight on Friday.

He received treatment at the scene from emergency service personnel and was subsequently brought by ambulance to University Hospital Waterford where he was pronounced dead in the early hours of the morning.

The woman, who is aged in her 30s, was arrested on Friday morning close to the scene at Rathmoylan Cove, around 15 kms from Waterford city.

Matthew Healy lived in Ballygunner on the outskirts of Waterford. He was a senior infants pupil at Faithlegg National School.

He played soccer with Park Rangers AFC soccer club, where he was a member of the under-seven squad.

A post-mortem examination on Matthew’s body was completed at University Hospital Waterford on Friday evening by the State Pathologist Dr SallyAnne Collis.

The results of the post mortem have not been released, nor have gardaí indicated what the cause of death was.

Preparations are being made for Matthew’s funeral, after his body was released to his father James.

His funeral is expected to take place later this week in Watergrasshill, in north County Cork, where his father James Healy is from.

A statement released to the Irish Examiner on behalf of James Healy said he was deeply grateful for the prayer vigils that were held for Matthew over the weekend.

Mr Healy has appealed for privacy.

“Matthew’s father, James Healy, expresses his deep gratitude for the several vigils that were held for his son Matthew throughout Waterford,” the statement said.

“He would ask at this sad time for privacy. The details of the funeral that will take place at Watergrasshill, County Cork, will be published soon.”

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