register a death?
It is always tragic when someone dies, and often
the onset of grief following the death of a loved one means that issues like
registering the death may be forgotten. It is important to register any death
for a number of reasons. If their death is not officially registered, their
identity could be misused. A death certificate is required by insurance and
pension companies if a payment is to be made. Whats more, under acts of
parliament dating back as far as 1863, it is illegal not to register a death.
All deaths that occur in Ireland must be registered,
in the Registrars district in which the death happened, as soon as possible.
The register of deaths records all deaths that occur in the country, including
those of foreign nationals who die in Ireland. Normally, as soon as possible
means no later than five days after the death, except where the death has been
referred to the Coroner. The five day period may be extended to fourteen days
if the Registrar for Deaths is notified in writing of the death and supplied
with a medical certificate of the cause of death.
As part of the modernisation programme at the
General Register Office, the electronic registration of deaths commenced
in July 2003.
The cost of a death certificate is 6.98 euro
and new style certificates are being issued for the years from 1966 on.
should register a death?
- The nearest relative present at death or in
attendance at the last illness.
- Any relative living in the district who knows
the details of the death and the personal details of the deceased.
- Any person present at death.
- The matron or chief officer of a public building
(e.g. hospital) where the death occurred.
- A person finding the body.
- A person taking charge of the body.
- A person making funeral arrangements.
details are required for registration?
When you register a death, the registrar will ask
for certain personal details about the deceased. These include:
- Date and place of death.
- Full name and surname.
- Whether they were married, unmarried, widowed,
- Their gender.
- Their age or date of birth.
- Their occupation.
If the person who has died was a wife or widow,
you will also be asked for the full occupation of her husband, whether alive
or dead. If the deceased was a child, you will be asked for the fathers
occupation. If the father and mother were not married, then the mothers
occupation will suffice.
As well as the personal details, you will have
to bring with you a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death signed by a registered
medical practitioner (any doctor) who treated the deceased within 28 days before
Often, especially if the person died suddenly,
they will not have seen a doctor in the previous month. In these circumstances,
the death must be referred to the local county or city coroner. Even if the
person had seen a doctor in the month before death, their death will have to
be referred to the coroner if they died in an accident, or in violent or mysterious
circumstances. If this is the case, the Gardai may investigate the surroundings
of the death. They do this in order to rule out criminal activity, but also
because they are officers of the coroner, whose duty is to discover all the
facts of the death for the coroner.
must the death be registered?
You must register the death with the appropriate
Registrar of Deaths. The death should be registered with the Registrar for the
area in which the death took place. For example, if a person dies in Cork, their
death must be registered there, even if they normally lived in Dublin. If you
have difficulty locating the appropriate Registrar, you should contact the Superintendent
Registrars office for the region where the death happened. These offices
are usually housed in local Health Board buildings, and their telephone numbers
are listed below:
- Carlow 0503-42160
- Cavan 049-4331530
- Clare 065-6828525
- Cork (North) 022-50230
- Donegal (North) 074-23782
- Cork(South/City) 021-275126
- Donegal (South) 074-31038
- Cork(West) 028-23140
- Dublin 01-6711968 or 01-6711974
- Galway 091-528966
- Kerry 064-32251
- Kildare 045-876001
- Kilkenny 056-52208
- Laois 0502-21135
- Leitrim 078-20308
- Limerick (City) 061-483763
- Limerick (County) 069-62545
- Longford 043-46211
- Louth 042-32287
- Mayo 094-23249
- Meath 046-31512
- Monaghan 047-81333
- Offaly 0506-41301
- Roscommon 0903-26516 or 0903-26604
- Sligo 071-55115
- Tipperary (North) 067-31212
- Tipperary (South) 052-77000
- Waterford (City) 051-842824 or 051-842825
- Waterford (County) 058-20900
- Westmeath 044-40221
- Wicklow 0404-68400
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