§ Mr. PATRICK O'BRIEN
asked under what circumstances two inquests were recently held by the coroner for the southern division of the county of Dublin in licensed premises in Ranelagh, having regard to the fact that the Rathmines Urban District Council a few years ago erected a morgue on a site at the rear of the town hail, with the express view of putting a stop to the practice?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
I am informed by the Coroner that in both cases the inquest was held in licensed premises because the circumstances were such as to render it advisable to have the body viewed in the place and position in which death occurred. Had the inquest been held in the Rathmines Morgue the jury would have had a considerable distance to walk to view the body, which would have caused them great inconvenience and considerable delay. The Coroner adds that the Rathmines Morgue is a great advantage to that district, and that he always avails himself of it when circumstances permit him to do so.