Many private nursing home operators, who account for four in every five homes in the sector, felt they were abandoned during the public health response in the first wave of the pandemic. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Nursing homes were ground zero for the deaths and emotional devastation caused during the Covid-19 pandemic. The last set of statistics, released befo(...)

Members of the gardaí at the scene where partial skeletal remains were found at Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Skeletal remains found in Rathmines last week will not be the subject of a postmortem until next Tuesday, gardaí have said. The partial human remains(...)

The Coroners Society of Ireland and the Department of Justice have agreed to defer all inquests in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Coroners Society of Ireland and the Department of Justice have agreed to defer all inquests in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (...)

An advanced paramedic demonstrating how the test for  Covid-19 is performed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Postmortems on people who die from coronavirus will not be necessary in most cases unless there are other underlying causes, the coroners’ service has(...)

Under the proposed legislation, the verdict was defined as meaning “the ending of one’s own life where the effect of medical treatment undertaken by the deceased, including any prescribed medication, is the primary cause of such an action”.

Minster for Justice Charlie Flanagan has ruled out the introduction of a new verdict at inquests which could record suicides as having been caused by (...)