Written Answers. - Prisoner Transfers.

John McGuinness

Question:

306 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reasons for the delay in transferring a prisoner from HM Prison, Gartree, United Kingdom, to a prison here; if his papers which were lodged in March 2002 have been processed; the stage the application is at; and if the application will be expedited in view of the special circumstances of the case. [3846/03]

The application for the person to whom the Deputy refers has been processed by my Department and I have consented to the transfer.

It is expected that a warrant authorising the applicant's transfer and his continued detention in this jurisdiction will be obtained in the coming weeks. The transfer will be arranged as soon as the warrant is issued.