It’s been reported by Indian media that an Irish woman murdered in Goa on Tuesday was 28-year-old Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin, who was reportedly on a trip to the area to enjoy the Holi celebrations with friends.
‘The Times of India’ reported that following the discovery of Ms. McLaughlin’s body yesterday (Tuesday) at “an isolated open place at Adnem, Devbaug, Canacona” police launched a murder investigation under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
It was reported that at 7.00 a.m. local time a farmer on his way to a paddy field at Katkatem-Dumane discovered Ms. McLaughlin’s naked body in a field.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed it was talking to its embassy in India about the reports.
“Ireland’s Embassy in New Delhi is in contact with Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen,” a spokesman said.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance.”
The Department later said it was “following up on the suspected murder of an Irish woman in Goa” who had been “using a British passport”.
“It has been confirmed that the woman travelled to India using a British passport, so the local British consulate have the lead responsibility in terms of dealings with the Indian authorities,” the spokesman added.
“The Irish Embassy is liaising closely with the British authorities and an Irish consular official is travelling from New Delhi to Goa today.”
Reacting to the news of Miss McLaughlin’s death a friend shared a tribute on Facebook.
“Awful news - you were a beautiful person - RIP Danielle.”