Retired state pathologist Marie Cassidy recalled for Limerick inquest

The late Mike Daly Snr.

RETIRED State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy is being recalled to Limerick to attend as a witness in a fresh inquest into the death of a Limerick father who died at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) nearly thirteen years ago.

Following a preliminary inquest on Wednesday into the death of Michael Daly Snr from Garryowen, it was agreed that the full inquest will start on February 7, 2023. It is expected to last five days. 

It was also agreed at the preliminary that Prof Cassidy should give evidence. The February inquest will be the second to be held into the death of the 65 year old, who died on April 10, 2010.

Mr Daly’s son, Mike Jnr, told the Limerick Post: “As a family we are very happy about this and look forward to the inquest early in the new year. It’s been 13 years since we started our investigation into our dad’s death and we look forward to truth and justice prevailing in the coming inquest”.

The original inquest delivered a verdict of “natural causes” of death, but this has been disputed by his family.

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His family was told at the time that the Garryowen native died as a result of complications with a pre-existing heart condition.

The family were unhappy with that verdict and have been campaigning ever since to have the matter re-opened.

At one point, when an independent report was commissioned and given to hospital consultants before the family had been given access to it, the Dalys took to protesting at the gates of the hospital.

Michael Daly Jnr told the Limerick Post that ever since the incident, he and his family have been pursuing the matter and, following new information coming to light, it has been agreed that a second inquest  into the death of his father will be held.  

“My dad died in hospital in 2010 and since then I have got his medical records, new information has emerged and I went to the coroner who has agreed to hold a new inquest,” he said.

Former State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy.