Written Answers. - Conviction Appeal.

Éamon Ó Cuív


49 Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if the case of the conviction of a person (details supplied) who is currently a prisoner in Full Sutton Prison, near York, England, has been raised with the British authorities; and if so, the response, if any, he received in view of the fact that the conviction in this case is one of serious concern. [18291/95]

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers. I know that a number of issues of concern have arisen in this case and that representations have been made to the British authorities on behalf of the prisoner by, among others, public representatives in Britain. The conviction has already been appealed without success, while an appeal against the sentence imposed resulted in a reduction of the sentence by four years.

The Embassy in London has been monitoring this case on an ongoing basis. As the Deputy is aware, the matter of a further appeal must be pursued by the prisoner's legal representatives or by others acting on his behalf. I understand that the case is at present being reviewed by the British authorities. I have asked the Embassy to maintain contact with the legal representatives in this regard and I will consider, in the light of reports, whether there is any further action the Government can appropriately take in this case.