Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (439)

Clare Daly

Question:

439. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the body to which concerned families can refer for accountability in circumstances in which a post mortem report contains serious inaccuracies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21899/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A coroner is an independent official with legal responsibility for the investigation of sudden and unexplained deaths. Coroners are appointed for particular districts within a local authority area by the local authority (the coroner for the Dublin district is appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality). While the coroner system is subject to the general supervision of the Minister, coroners are independent in their function. The principal legislation that governs the role and responsibilities of coroners is the Coroners Act 1962 as amended.