Marie Cassidy

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Marie Therese Jane Cassidy is the state pathologist for the Republic of Ireland.[1]


Marie Cassidy was born in Rutherglen, Glasgow, United Kingdom, in 1959, the granddaughter of emigrants from Donegal.[2] She presently lives in Dublin and is married with two children.


Cassidy became a forensic pathologist in 1985, the first female full-time forensic pathologist in the United Kingdom. She held a professorship of forensic medicine at the University of Glasgow before moving to Ireland in 1998 to take up the position of Deputy State Pathologist.[3] She was appointed to the position of State Pathologist in January 2004, succeeding Prof. John Harbison to become the first female State Pathologist in Ireland.[4] She is also Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin.

Cassidy has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations, helping to identify the remains of victims of war-crimes in Bosnia.[5]

She has acted as a consultant to the television crime series Taggart. A character in the book The Human Body is based on her.

See also


  1. "State Pathologist's Office". Department of Justice and Equality:. Retrieved 10 November 2012.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Moonan, Niall (2005). "STATE PATHOLOGIST MARIE CASSIDY TELLS OF HER GRUESOME WORK". The Mirror. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Quinlan, Ailin (13 December 2010). "What I did today... Professor Marie Cassidy State Pathologist". Irish Independent. Dublin: Independent News & Media. Retrieved 10 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Press release on appointment as state pathologist[dead link]
  5. Raleigh, David. "Meet Marie Cassidy - Ireland's first female state pathologist". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>