Written answers

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Department of Justice and Equality

Coroners Service

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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108. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when a family (details supplied) in County Longford can expect a date for an inquest from the Coroner’s Office; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46165/22]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Coroners are independent, quasi-judicial office holders whose core function is to investigate sudden and unexplained deaths so that a death certificate can be issued. The exercise of these statutory powers by a Coroner during an inquest is entirely a matter for the relevant Coroner.

My Department does not have a role in directing the work of coroners or in individual death investigation cases.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made of both the Longford Coroner and the Dublin Coroner. Both Coroners have informed me that there is no record of death on 22/04/2022 for a lady of the description furnished.


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