Written answers

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Consular Services

Photo of Joan CollinsJoan Collins (Dublin South Central, Independents 4 Change)
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98. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps his Department can take to facilitate a person (details supplied) in distress; and if legal or diplomatic assistance will be provided through an embassy. [23094/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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I can confirm to the Deputy that consular assistance is being provided to this citizen, through our Consular Assistance Unit in Dublin and our Embassy on the ground.

While fully appreciating the toll the present situation is taking on the citizen, the issues constitute a private legal matter which is before the local courts as the appropriate judicial authority. As the Deputy will appreciate, my Department is precluded from providing legal advice or intervening in any way with the judicial decisions of another jurisdiction. While not in a position to engage on the legal matters raised, consular officials have been in regular contact with the citizen, and are providing all possible and appropriate consular assistance.

I can assure the Deputy that my Department will continue to provide consular assistance to the citizen as possible and appropriate.


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