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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 26 April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Questions (1249)

Mattie McGrath


1249. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice the number of sudden and unexplained deaths being referred to the coroners to date in 2022; if there has been a rise in the number of deaths being referred to the coroner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19498/22]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Coroners are independent quasi-judicial officers and are responsible for their own records. Neither I nor my Department have any role in individual death investigation cases.

However, in accordance with the requirements of Section 55 of the Coroners Acts 1962 – 2020, every coroner must provide me with the following information on or before 1 February each year in respect of the preceding year:

1. The number of deaths reported to the coroner in the preceding year, for which no further action was needed;

2. The number of post-mortem examinations ordered by the coroner in the preceding year that did not proceed to inquest; and

3. The number of inquests held by the coroner in the preceding year.

These Annual Returns are collated and are available publicly at: - Coroner's Annual Returns 2018 - 2021 ( The most recent returns available relate to 2021. Data for 2022 will be submitted to me by 1 February 2023.  Accordingly, I do not have the information requested by the Deputy in respect of this year to date.