647. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Justice the budget allocation for the Office of State Pathologist in 2019, 2020 and 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24241/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the table below.
The Deputy should note that the outturn has been above the initial estimate in 2019 and 2020 due to pathologist vacancies which required the need to hire in locum pathologists.
In order to address this, a new Chief Pathologist was appointed earlier this year and further appointments are expected to be made to the office in the coming weeks.

Period Budget € Outturn €
2019 975,000 1,230,136
2020 983,000 1,088,283
2021 988,000 (to end March) 273,351