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State pathologist to get world-class €14m HQ

STATE pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy is to move into a new €14m state-of-the-art building in a year's time.

The building, to be known as the Medicolegal Centre, will have post mortem and lab facilities built to the highest standards and be equipped with leading-edge technology.

Dr Cassidy's office will share the new building at the O'Brien Institute, Marino, with the office of the Dublin city coroner, Dr Brian Farrell.

Located in the grounds of the DFB training centre, the 1,950sqm centre will open in autumn next year.

It will replace the facility which was provided following demolition of the Victorian City Morgue at Store Street in 1999.

The office and lab facilities will replace accommodation currently provided at the O'Brien Institute.

The Department of Justice and Dublin City Council will jointly share the €13.8m cost, on a two thirds to one third basis, with Dublin City Council providing the site.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, speaking at the sod-turning for the centre, said it would be "a world-class facility that will serve the operational needs" of the State pathologist and the city coroner for decades to come.