Retiring Inishowen coroner will not be replaced


Coroner Dr John Madden arriving at the inquest in Buncrana.  (North West Newspix)

Coroner Dr John Madden arriving at the inquest in Buncrana. (North West Newspix)

Local inquests may now be heard in Letterkenny

By Katie Barr

BEREAVED families in Inishowen may now have to travel to Letterkenny to hear their loved ones inquests after a decision was taken not to replace the retiring local coroner.

This Friday, Carndonagh coroner, Dr. John Madden, will be retiring from office after almost 23 years serving the people of Inishowen.

However a decision has been taken at government level not to replace Dr. Madden, instead the current coroner for the Donegal district, Dr. Denis McCauley will be Coroner for the District of Donegal and he will be covering the whole county.

It is understood that Dr. McCauley will now conduct Inishowen and North Donegal inquests in Letterkenny. Inquests for south of the county will be held in Donegal Town.

Traditionally Dr. Madden has always held his inquests in Carndonagh with a small number being heard in Buncrana.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice, who hold the remit for the coroner’s office, said they are considering amalgamating ‘the coronial district of Donegal North East with the coronial district of Donegal’. The spokesperson said they are doing this in consultation with Donegal County Council, adding that the appointment of coroners is a ‘matter for the Local Authority’.

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