A death will usually be reported to the Coroner by a Healthcare Professional, for example: if the death is due to natural causes in a nursing home or if the doctor had not seen or treated the deceased within a month before their death.
If a death is from unnatural causes
If a death appears to be due to unnatural causes, it should be reported to a member of Garda Síochána who will notify the Coroner.
If a death is related to COVID-19
COVID-19 related deaths must be reported to the Coroner by the treating doctor (or healthcare professionals in certain circumstances) so they can investigate whether the death is due to natural causes. If the death doesn't require further investigation the Coroner will complete the inquiry and notify public health authorities. For further information on COVID-19 related deaths see below:
Updated Guidance Note from Coroners Service and Coroners Society of Ireland in relation to COVID-19 related deaths