Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (903)

Seán Haughey


903. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if each deputy State pathologist and assistant State pathologist is supplied with a publicly funded car for work-related business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33306/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Office of the State Pathologist provides independent expert advice on matters relating to forensic pathology and performs post mortem examinations in cases where foul play is suspected. The Office provides a national, 24/7, year round service in Ireland.

A driver and vehicle service is available to the forensic pathologists when they are called to a case outside of Dublin. This service is necessitated by the nature of the pathologists’ work.

A procurement process for this service is held at regular intervals. The current transport provider was selected through a procurement process undertaken in conjunction with the Office of Government Procurement using its National Framework for Passenger Ground Transportation Services for all public sector bodies.