104. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 17 of 11 October 2016, the status of the appointing of a probate officer for County Westmeath. [14559/17]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy is aware, there are 14 District Probate Registries located outside Dublin which are attached to Circuit Court Offices under the control of County Registrars who also carry out the function of District Probate Registrar. The County Registrar for County Westmeath retired in April 2016 and her duties have been exercised by the County Registrar for Cavan with assistance from other County Registrars in the meantime. However, as the Deputy is also aware, I approved a proposal to fill the County Registrar vacancy and a recruitment competition is being conducted by the Public Appointments Service which I understand will be completed shortly.