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Written Answers - Coroners Service

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 219.  Deputy John Deasy Information on John Deasy Zoom on John Deasy  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the Government agency or Department responsible for the retention and archiving of post mortem reports and coroners reports; the regulation in law for the retention of such records by that Government agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3224/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter Under the Coroners Act, 1962, coroners are independent office holders with responsibility under the law for the medicolegal investigation of the circumstances of sudden, unexplained, violent and unnatural deaths. Theyare required under the Coroners Act 1962 (section 29) to retain relevant records of an inquest, including post-mortem examination reports, and to transfer the records to the County Registrar on vacating office.


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