Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (54)

Joe Costello


45 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the steps which have been taken by the gardaí to locate the whereabouts of a person (details supplied) who was abducted by their father; if Interpol is involved in the search; if he will allow the mother to remain here until this person is found; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2427/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that they are currently investigating the alleged abduction from this jurisdiction of the child referred to by the Deputy. I can confirm that inquiries are being made with Interpol. However, the investigation of this matter is an operational matter for the gardaí and I am sure the Deputy will appreciate that it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on the investigation at this stage.

I understand that the mother concerned currently has an appeal against the refusal of an asylum application outstanding and is thus entitled to remain in the State pending the final determination on that application.