Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Ceisteanna (611)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

611. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason she has not requested the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to publish the report of its visit to prisons here in September 2014; if she will request immediate publication of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30747/15]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I can confirm that the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) submitted its formal report on 18th March 2015 following its sixth visit to Ireland in September, 2014. The Government has until 16th October 2015 to respond to the CPT on the findings contained in their report.

My Department has a co-ordinating role in the compilation of the State's comprehensive response to the CPT which is currently being finalised. The report and proposed responses to the findings will be brought to Government shortly.

As with the publication of previous reports and in the interest of openness, transparency and accountability, the Government will request that the CPT publish simultaneously its report and Ireland's response.