A new mortuary will be built at University Hospital Waterford, after funding of €5.67 million was approved.
The HSE says this includes design, construction and other costs.
Preparation of tender documents and contractor selection are currently underway, while the health service expects award a contract by the end of October.
Construction for the project will get underway by the end of 2019.
Earlier this year, a group of consultants wrote to the HSE to say that the hospital's mortuary was over capacity and some dead bodies had to be stored on corridors.
Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane, says if it wasn't for their letter, the new facility may have never have gotten approval:
"It shows that pressure works."
"Had it not been for the 4 consultant pathologists who went public on the poor state of the mortuary services and what was happening, I don;'t believe the funding would have been released".