Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (217)

Finian McGrath

Question:

217. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide an update in rendition flights going through Shannon Airport. [8890/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland has not permitted, does not permit and will not permit the use of Shannon Airport for the practice of extraordinary rendition. The Government’s complete opposition to this practice is reflected in the Programme for Government, which states that ‘we will enforce the prohibition on the use of Irish airspace, airports and related facilities for purposes not in line with international law’.

In this context, should anyone have evidence to suggest that any person subject to extraordinary rendition has transited through an Irish airport, this evidence should be made available to An Garda Síochána so that an investigation can take place.

Question No. 218 answered with Question No. 212.