Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Ceisteanna (59)

Michael D. Higgins

Ceist:

106 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs when Ireland proposes to ratify the UN Convention on Corruption. [10515/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Foreign)

I refer the Deputy to previous replies to similar questions concerning the United Nations Convention against Corruption, most recently on 8th February 2007. The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, has lead responsibility in this area. His officials, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, have been examining the legislative changes which are likely to be required prior to ratification of the Convention by Ireland. While this examination is not yet complete, it is clear that there are legislative requirements, both criminal and civil. Some of these issues may be dealt with by amending existing legislation, whereas others may require new legislation.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is consulting with other Departments and Agencies on these issues. However, because of the nature of the task, I cannot indicate precisely when the legislative and other requirements will be completed. Consequently, it is not possible to make a firm commitment as to the timeframe for ratification. The importance of ratification at the earliest date is, nevertheless, appreciated.