Written Answers. - Inquest Hearing.

Derek McDowell

Question:

138 Mr. McDowell asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when an inquest will be held into the loss of the City of Cork steamer, Ardmore, on 12 November 1940 with the loss of its 24 crew. [20107/99]

I have been requested by the coroner for south Wexford for a direction in accordance with section 23 of the Coroner's Act, 1962, as to whether to hold an inquest in relation to 24 crewmen lost at sea on the SS Ardmore near the Great Saltee Islands in 1940.

It was necessary for me to make certain inquiries in relation to the matter in order to enable a decision to be reached in this regard. These inquiries are now completed and I hope to be able to respond to the coroner in the next few days.

It will, of course, be a matter for the coroner to make any arrangements in relation to holding the inquests.