Laois councillor not happy at paying €100,000 coroners bill

Lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

Lynda Kiernan

Laois councillor not happy at paying €100,000 coroners bill

It costs €100,000 to run the Laois county morgue and pay the coroner's fees, but Laois councillors want the bill paid back by the government.

The council must pay the operation cost out of its annual budget.

Cllr James Kelly from Mountrath has requested that a letter go to Minister Charlie Flanagan’s department of Justice and Equality, to ask them to cover the annual cost.

“I acknowledge the important and sensitive role of the coroner, when tragedy strikes and there is deaths of loved ones. In the recent revenue budget we approved fees and expenses of €100,000. This should not be coming out of Laois County Council coffers. The Dept of Justice says it has prime responsibility for legislation, it should fund our service and the €100k must be recouped,” he said.

His motion at the November council meeting, asking the council to request funding from the department, was seconded by Cllr John Joe Fennelly.