Belfast Telegraph

Monday 30 May 2016

Dead Irish banker Liam Coughlan 'had second wife'

By Joyce Fegan

Published 11/03/2014

Linda Coughlan with her late banker husband Liam Coughlan and their son
Linda Coughlan with her late banker husband Liam Coughlan and their son

The wife of an Irish banker discovered her husband had a second wife when she was notified of his death by his employer.

Linda Coughlan (47) from Limerick, was only informed of her husband's death – and of his second wife – when she rang his office in Austria.


Liam Coughlan (51) was working for the World Bank in Vienna. He is now the subject of an investigation by Austrian police.


Ms Coughlan called his office and was told by the reception that her husband had died of natural causes.


"I was then put through to someone who refused to believe I was his wife, and told me to my shock that actually his wife had already been informed.


"I tried to insist but he basically seemed to regard me as a crank and told me not to call again," Ms Coughlan told the Austrian media.


"I was told police had been to the apartment after he didn't turn up for work. They found him there – he was dead," she said.


Ms Coughlan had two children with the banker and said that they were estranged, but had not divorced at his request.


She said that no one in his World Bank office believed that she was his wife.


"They all said they knew his wife, and it wasn't me. He apparently never mentioned me," stated the bereaved woman.


He is believed to have married a second woman several years ago, and the couple are understood to have had a daughter together.


She also received monthly payments from the banker, which she used to cover her accommodation and bills.


Police in Vienna confirmed Mr Coughlan's death from natural causes, and informed his second wife, who apparently also lived in Ireland.


The banker worked in reforming financial reporting and had worked all over the world in places like Kosovo, Botswana and Moldova. He once served as head of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for its Irish branch.

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