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Role of the Coroner


The Coroner is an independent judicial officer with responsibility under the law for the medico-legal and forensic investigation of certain deaths occurring in County Kildare.

If a death is due to unnatural causes for example in a road traffic collision, suicide, accident at work or by drowning then an inquest must be held by law. The governing law is the Constitution of Ireland, common law, the Coroners Act 1962-2005 and other relevant statutes.

In the five year period 2013-2017, the Kildare Coroner's Office enquired into 2,672 deaths in the County, directed 813 post mortem examinations and completed 331 inquests. In the year 2017 these figures were 588, 163 and 63 respectively.

The following Sections describe the functions of the Coroner with particular reference to procedure in County Kildare. It is intended as a guide for the benefit of the general public and interested parties. Further information is available from the Coroner's Office.