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Fire victim was stabbed By ANN MURPHY

Security Correspondent and

By PADRAIG HOARE IN PASSAGE THE mother-of-three found dead after a fire in her Passage West home is understood to have been stabbed before a fire was deliberately started in the house. The home of Olivia Dunlea-O’Brien at Pembroke Crescent in Passage West remained sealed off this morning as gardaí mounted a murder investigation following her tragic death.

Passage home sealed off as gardaí launch murder inquiry A man was being questioned at Togher garda station after being arrested in Passage West at 11pm last night on suspicion of murdering the mum at her home in the early hours of yesterday morning. Her death came after she returned from a night out with friends in the nearby Rochestown Inn on Saturday night. Her three children — two boys and a

girl aged between nine and 12 — lived with her, but were staying with their father from whom she was separated, on Saturday night. Neighbours raised the alarm when they saw a blaze in Olivia’s home after 1am yesterday but did not realise she was in the house at the time. Her body was discovered by fire fighters in an upstairs room. ● See pages two and three for more.

Mulvihill worried about future of Labour

Forensic experts at the fire damaged house at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, in which Olivia Dunlea-O’Brien died. A murder investigation has been launched following the fire. Picture: Des Barry WEATHER F TONIGHT

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A LABOUR PARTY stalwart has warned that they face a hammering at next year’s local elections — and said it could already be too late to avoid an election meltdown. Cork county councillor John Mulvihill, a member of the Labour Party for more than 40 years said: “Every morning you wake up and say, ‘not again’. All I hear is


‘cut, cut, cut’ from Labour ministers. Fine Gael has taken all the positive announcements and Labour is left in the portfolios with all the cuts.” With Labour collapsing in the opinion polls, he said the 2014 local elections could be a disaster unless the leadership

started to listen to the grassroots. “We’re going to get hammered if we don’t pick things up. I’m wondering if it is already too late. That’s where the Labour leadership comes in. I’ve often said the Labour Party finishes at Newlands Cross in Dublin. The hierarchy of the party forget about what’s happening down the ● Continued on page two.