Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (69)

Mary Upton

Question:

67 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a deputy State pathologist will be appointed; if the post has been advertised; the reason a situation was allowed to develop whereby the State pathologist will have to conduct every post mortem in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6261/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I can inform the Deputy that, following the recent appointment of a person to the post of State Pathologist, a vacancy for a deputy State pathologist exists. I can also inform the Deputy that my Department has requested the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners to make arrangements for the filling of this post as a matter of urgency. I can further inform the Deputy that arrangements for assistance for the State Pathologist in the performance of post mortems and other related work have been put in place, as an interim measure, until a deputy State pathologist is appointed.