Written answers

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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227. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on whether the measures taken here in respect of Covid-19 restrictions are compatible with the Athens Declaration by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe; if not, if it will be ensured that the measures will continue to be compatible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35908/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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At the online Ministerial Session of the Council of Europe in Athens, during which we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, I highlighted the importance of reinforcing the Convention, particularly at this time of international crisis. Exceptional measures must remain just that, exceptional.

I can assure the Deputy that the restrictions we have implemented in Ireland are indeed compatible with the Athens Declaration. They are strictly necessary, proportionate, non-discriminatory, and they are kept under constant review. The restrictions will only apply for as long as necessary and they will end once the situation normalises. This is in full conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights and other human rights, obligations for which Ireland remains a steadfast champion.


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