Man and woman arrested over petrol station explosion in which 10 people died

Leona Harper, 14, was one of the victims of the explosion at the service station in Creeslough
-Credit: (Image: An Garda Siochana /PA Wire)


A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the fatal explosion at a service station which claimed the lives of 10 people in 2022.

Four men, three women and three children, were killed in the blast on the afternoon of Friday, October 7 in the village of Creeslough, Co. Donegal, including 14-year-old LFC super fan, Leona Harper. Leona had been choosing an ice-cream from the freezer before a sleepover with friends when the fatal explosion took her life.

The schoolgirl was “a little lady with a big heart” and a “little miracle,” said her mum in a tribute read at her funeral. The tribute for the "massive LFC fan", read out by Father Carney, went onto her love of sport, saying: “I won’t hold this against her, Liverpool was her team.”

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A two year investigation has been ongoing following the death of Leona and the nine other people who tragically lost their lives. A man and a woman, both in their 40s, have now been arrested, police confirm.

Police investigating the explosion said the man and woman were arrested on Monday for alleged offences contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997. Both are currently being questioned at separate garda stations in Co Donegal, PA reports.

Explosion at Donegal service station
Explosion at Donegal service station -Credit:PA Archive

The investigation into the fatal explosion at a building complex in Creeslough continues to be co-ordinated from Milford garda station, where an incident room was established under the direction of a garda senior investigating officer (SIO). The investigation continues to be led by local gardai, supported by a number of different agencies.

Robert Garwe and his five-year-old daughter, Shauna Flanagan-Garwe; Catherine O’Donnell and her 13-year-old son, James Monaghan; fashion student Jessica Gallagher; Celtic fan Martin McGill; Sydney native James O’Flaherty; shop worker Martina Martin; carpenter Hugh 'Hughie' Kelly and 14-year-old Leona Harper were the victims named in the explosion.

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