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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 15 January 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Questions (138)

Paul Murphy

Question:

138. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No 65 of 12 December 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Ireland can refer a case to the ECHR in relation to four Catalan civil and political leaders held in prison on pre-trial detention who are now on hunger strike; if officials from his Department will visit these persons before Christmas in order to report back to him on their situation and conditions of detention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54043/18]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The issues referred to by the Deputy are the subject of ongoing judicial proceedings in Spain. As such it would not be appropriate for me to make an intervention or statement on the matter.

There are no plans for Irish officials to make such visits. I am kept informed of developments in Catalonia by our Embassy in Madrid on a regular basis.

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