Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Bríd SmithBríd Smith (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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310. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of securing the residence of the ambassador of the United States of America in the Phoenix Park; and the contribution to the costs made by the authorities of the United States of America. [10884/20]

Photo of Charles FlanaganCharles Flanagan (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will appreciate, I have no role in the internal security arrangements of the United States diplomatic mission in Ireland. This is a matter for the United States authorities.

More generally, regarding the protection of diplomatic missions in the State, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations provides for certain obligations to protect the premises of missions in the State.

All States parties to the Convention have committed to fulfilling this requirement and we expect the relevant receiving states to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of Irish missions abroad.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that an Garda Síochána provide security at various locations including embassies, consulates and buildings occupied by foreign diplomatic missions based on the threat level. The allocation of Garda resources in this regard is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I hope the Deputy will appreciate it would not be appropriate to elaborate on the detail for security reasons. 


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