142. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice if her Department allocates funding to Cork City Council to fund the Coroner’s Court in Cork. [53610/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The coroners service comprises the network of coroners located in coronial 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.
There are currently 38 Coronial Districts in Ireland. My Department has taken on full responsibility for the Dublin Coroner Office from the Dublin local authorities since 1 January 2018. The remaining 37 Districts are funded by the relevant local authority. Coroner staffing and recruitment for Cork City Coroner’s Court is a matter for Cork City Council, and neither myself nor my Department have any function in this regard.