772. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice the status of the recruitment of additional administrative staff for the Coroner's Court in Cork in order to address delays in completing inquests at the Coroner’s Office in Cork city. [53201/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Coroners Service comprises the network of coroners located in districts throughout the country. 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.
Neither I nor my Department has any function in relation to the recruitment of staff for coroners courts. Coroner staffing and recruitment for Cork City Coroner’s Court is a matter for Cork City Council.