When Someone Dies away from Home
What is the role of the Coroner when a body is to be removed from Ireland?
The Coroner in your local coronial district must be notified in every case where a body is to be removed from Ireland,whether or not there has been a Coroner’s inquiry, post mortem examination or inquest. Coronial districts are listed in the Contacts section of this site. This applies even if the death was due to natural causes and has been certified by a doctor (i.e. not originally a Coroner’s case). It is the Coroner in whose district the body is lying who must be notified. If satisfied in relation to the cause of death, the Coroner will issue a certificate, usually to the funeral director, for presentation to the appropriate authorities permitting removal of the body out of the country.
What is the role of the Coroner where a body is returned to Ireland?
When a body is returned to Ireland the Coroner will not normally be involved except where a question in relation to unnatural death abroad occurs. In practice, it is the Coroner in whose district the body comes to lie who will be informed where concerns arise in relation to the circumstances of a death which occurred in another country. In some cases, the Coroner may direct a post mortem examination (or an additional examination) of the body.