Journalist Eugene Moloney, who died following an incident on a night out in Dublin two months ago, had suffered an internal bleeding in the brain, the city’s Coroner's Court has heard.
The 55-year-old died after he suffered a blow to the head on Camden Street, Dublin, as he made his way home to nearby Portobello Place after a night out with friends on June 24.
Mr Moloney, a former Irish Independent and Irish News reporter who had earlier lived in Belfast, was taken to St James's Hospital following the incident, where he was pronounced dead.
Trainee mechanic Gary Burch (21), of Kennington Close, Templeogue in south-west Dublin, has been charged with the manslaughter of Mr Moloney.
Coroner Dr Brian Farrell said that the pathologist gave the cause of death as a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage — bleeding in the brain related to a trauma.
Dr Farrell extended his sympathies to the family but said that he could not make any other comment with criminal proceedings under way.
“I cannot comment any further today,” he said, and adjourned the inquest until after the completion of criminal proceedings.