105. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will ascertain from the Courts Service when the grant of probate will issue in a case (details supplied), in view of the fact the delay is causing undue hardship. [14300/17]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Probate Office is an office of the High Court and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service Act 1998. Probate functions are also carried out by County Registrars at District Probate Registries in a number of provincial court offices.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the application for a Grant of Probate in this estate is being dealt with at present and that, subject to there being no queries in regard to the application, it should issue shortly .