Marie Cassidy, Ireland’s former state pathologist, wasn’t particularly fond of school. Her teachers weren’t to blame, though. “I wasn’t a big fan of children, even when I was one,” she dryly remarks. It’s a telling insight for a reader trying to work out if Cassidy’s no-nonsense, unsentimental persona is an inherent part of her character or due to the hardening of the emotional arteries which must be an occupational hazard for a forensic pathologist.Cassidy is a rarity, a recognisable face from our TV screens about whom we know little. Her occasional public interviews suggest a steely character, albeit with a fondness for three-inch heels. The public’s perception of forensic pathologists is already coloured by shows such as Silent Witness, where they are oftenSponsored