Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Questions (60, 61)

Dessie Ellis

Question:

71 Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will appoint a liaison officer to work with the Spanish police and the family of a person (details supplied) in order to improve the current investigation into the person’s disappearance. [33451/12]

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Dessie Ellis

Question:

72 Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will express to the Spanish authorities his wish that they do not shelve the missing person’s case of a person (details supplied). [33452/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 72 together.

My Department has provided extensive consular assistance to the named person's family since her disappearance in 2008 and continues to liaise with the relevant authorities on their behalf.

The police investigation case remains operational and when Embassy officials met with the Judicial Police in Malaga last month they were advised that while the judicial case — a separate question from the status of the police investigation — has been archived, it has not been closed and can be "unarchived" at any time should further information emerge.

The police have assured the Embassy that they have followed up every possible lead, including in recent weeks, and continue to cross-check new cases for any potential links with Amy's disappearance. The police remain at the disposal of the family and of the Embassy.