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437. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time it takes from the date the post mortem is held to the date of the release of the results of the post mortem to the next of kin of the deceased by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1103/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As Minister for Justice and Equality, I do not have any role in relation to the conduct of post mortems or the release of the results of post mortems to the next of kin by the coroner when available.
Coroners are officials who are independent in function and who deal with the families of the deceased during the most difficult of times. Due to the nature of their work they are acutely aware of the potential impact of any unnecessary delays in the release of the results of their investigations.