By Bill O’Donnell
Irish Deaths Abroad Will Be Recognized – How hard is it to get a death certificate when an Irish citizen dies in Ireland? The quick answer is that it is easy: a doctor, and a coroner in some instances, signs off and a proof of death is formally issued. However, if you are an Irish citizen who dies abroad, say in the US, historically there has been no legally mandated process to recognize and register the death of Irish citizens abroad. That lack of process will soon be a relic of the past when the Irish parliament, Dail Eireann, completes passage of legislation this year that will remedy this long-standing omission.
The making of this new law is the result of the efforts of a Galway couple, Liam and Yvonne O’Reilly, whose son Keith died tragically in Chicago four years ago. The couple were shocked when they were unable to register Keith’s death in Ireland, so they decided to do something about it. Read more