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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 January 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Ceisteanna (642)

Catherine Connolly


642. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the situation of a person (details supplied); if he has made representations regarding same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1081/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

I can reassure the Deputy that my Department is aware of this case and is continuing to provide consular assistance to the citizen through our Consular Assistance Unit in Dublin, the Embassy of Ireland in Abuja, and with assistance from the Embassy of France in Togo - as Ireland does not have diplomatic representation in the country.

My Department is also liaising with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) who are engaged very regularly with the citizen, while we continue to provide all possible consular advice and support.

There has also been, and will continue to be, engagement with the Togolese authorities in relation to the humanitarian aspects of this case, and the importance of the citizen being allowed to return home as soon as possible. 

As the Deputy will appreciate, as with all consular cases, it would not be appropriate to comment on the specific details of the case. However, you can rest assured that my Department is continuing to engage on the matter.