As the Deputy will be aware, Ireland signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, subject to ratification, on 7 October 1998.
Before Ireland can ratify the Rome Statute, it is necessary that implementing legislation be enacted to give effect to its provisions in Irish law. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform stated in a reply to parliamentary Question No. 920 of 30 January that implementing legislation was currently being prepared by his Department and that he expected that legislative proposals would be ready for submission to Government relatively soon. Once this legislation is prepared, it must be put before the Oireachtas and, when passed by both Houses be signed into law by the President.