Coroner’s Bill 2015

Coroners Bill 2015 (2nd July 2015)

A private Members Bill has been published sponsored by Deputy Clare Daly to amend, consolidate and extend the law relating to coroners, coroners’ investigations and coroners’ inquests, to provide for the establishment of a body to be known as an tSeirbhís Chróinéara or, in the English language, the Coroner Service, to define its functions, to provide for certain transitional matters including the completion of inquests commenced under the Coroners Act 1962, the transfer of certain documents preserved under the Coroners Act 1962 to the Coroner Service and the continuance in use of certain forms under that act, to repeal certain enactments and provisions of enactments, to amend certain enactments and to provide for related matters.


Deputy Daly has indicated that she is pushing the Bill forward as "it is absolutely and urgently needed. It is largely the 2007 Bill with the addition of a provision to provide for an automatic inquest in cases of maternal deaths. It is urgently needed given the experiences of the families of the women who tragically died during childbirth in the past few years."