Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Questions (523)

Catherine Murphy


523. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the estimated cost of recruiting two extra full-time forensic pathologists for the Office of the State Pathologist. [31173/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Office of the State Pathologist is an agency under the aegis of my Department, providing independent expert advice on all matters pertaining to forensic pathology. The Office delivers a nationwide, 24/7, year round service throughout the Republic of Ireland.

In order to support the work of the OSP, recruitment is currently ongoing to appoint State Pathologists. An open recruitment campaign is being managed by the Public Appointments Service in this regard.

As stated in the competition booklet, the starting salary for this specialist professional role, taking into account the high level of medical and postgraduate qualifications, and the significant expertise required, is €160,225.

The Deputy may wish to note that the position of Chief State Pathologist has also been advertised recently.