Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (269)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

269. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a report by the coroner in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be made available to their family in order to obtain a death certificate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52740/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will appreciate that, as Minister for Justice and Equality, I have no role in the directing of post-mortem examinations by a coroner, nor for any subsequent action or decision, by a coroner who is independent in the conduct of their functions. 

The final post-mortem examinations reports can take a number of months to prepare depending on the circumstances of the death.

In the particular case raised by the Deputy, in order to be of assistance, my officials contacted the Coroner concerned who has indicated that the next of kin should now contact their office to be informed of the position.