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Study finds significant faults in system dealing with unexplained deaths

Apr 21, 2021 13:04 By Shannonside News
Study finds significant faults in system dealing with unexplained deaths Study finds significant faults in system dealing with unexplained deaths
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Families can often face very long delays in trying to get answers to an unexplained death

A new study has found a network of part-time coroners in Ireland is under-resourced, under-trained and not fully independent from Gardai.

The report from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties found bereaved families have faced delays of up to a decade, and a lack of basic supports such as food and accommodation if a loved one has died in suspicious circumstances.

The report was launched this morning, and highlights other painful experiences for bereaved families. Executive Director for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Liam Herrick, says the systems in Ireland aren't good enough.

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A man whose son was found dead in Offaly 19 years ago believes his family were let down by the investigations into his son's death.

A State inquiry is ongoing into the Gardai's handling of the inquiry into the death of Shane Tuohey in 2002.

It was ruled by a coroner that 23 year old Shane Tuohey, who was found in the Brosna River in Offaly a week after going missing in 2002, had drowned.

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However, his family believe he was assaulted on the night he went missing, and commissioned two independent forensic experts in the US who both concluded homicide couldn't be ruled out.

In 2016, the then-justice minister Frances Fitzgerald established an inquiry looking into how the investigation was handled by Gardai.

However Shane's father Eamon says they've so far been left out.

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The Tuohey family took part in research from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, which accused the coroners system of being biased and overly influenced by Gardai.

It was carried out by criminologist Phil Scraton, who investigated the Hillsborough disaster.

The report also claims investigation of deaths is inadequate and compounds families' suffering.

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