Thursday, 23 January 2014
Shannon Airport Facilities
The Government is completely opposed to the practice of so-called extraordinary renditions. The Tánaiste has made it very clear that any person with credible information that Irish airports have been used for any alleged unlawful purposes should immediately report his or her concerns to the Garda Síochána which is responsible for investigating such matters. On the basis of such reporting or any other information where the Garda Síochána reasonably suspects an offence is being committed, statutory powers of entry and arrest are available, subject to international law. That is a fact. Where complaints of alleged unlawful activity concerning the use of Irish airports have been made to the Garda Síochána, investigations have ensued and, where appropriate, files have been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions. However, in every one of these cases, no further action was found to be warranted owing to a lack of any evidence of any unlawful activity.