Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (32)

Eric J. Byrne

Ceist:

35 Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will make contact with a person (details supplied) with a view to establishing an international transfer under the Sentenced Persons Act and afford all consular rights as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23109/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Foreign)

The person referred to by the Deputy first came to the attention of my Department in 1997 when the person was initially arrested. Since then, my Department, through the Consulate-General of Ireland in Boston, has afforded all possible consular assistance to the person mentioned. Successive Consuls in the Consulate in Boston have visited the person. The current Vice Consul visited the person in prison in July 2011 and intends to visit again in the coming months. The Consulate-General of Ireland in Boston will remain in contact with the person and will continue to provide all possible consular assistance.