Written answers

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Extradition Arrangements

Photo of Neale RichmondNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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351. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons extradited back to Ireland in each of the years 2016 to 2020; the number subsequently convicted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42633/20]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy may be aware the legal basis for extradition in this State up to 2004 was provided for solely by way of the Extradition Act, 1965.

Since 2004, surrenders of persons between the Member States of the European Union have operated on the basis of the European Arrest Warrant Act, 2003 which came into effect on 1 January 2004.

Extraditions from non-EU States have remained under the provisions of the Act of 1965.

The numbers of persons surrendered or extradited to Ireland for the years requested by the Deputy are included in the table below.

Year Non EU Extradition EAW Extradition Total
2016 2 46 48
2017 2 47 49
2018 6 62 68
2019 6 51 57
2020 1 36 37

As Minister for Justice, I have no role in the conviction of any person including those surrendered or extradited to this State and no such records are held by my Department.


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