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Woman arrested in connection with Westmeath fire that left young siblings dead

Thelma Dennany and brother Mikey died in vehicle fire in Co Westmeath earlier this month.­
Staff Reporter

GARDAÍ investigating the fatal car fire in Co Westmeath that claimed the lives of two children earlier this month have arrested a woman in her 40s.

Thelma Dennany, aged five, and her two-year-old brother Mikey, died following the blaze close on a rural road close to the Multyfarnham area on September 9.

Their mother, Lynn Egar, was taken to hospital in Dublin for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

Yesterday a garda spokesperson said a woman in her 40s was arrested by detectives from Mullingar and detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

She remained there last night and can be held for up to 24 hours before being released or charged.

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