Written Answers - International Agreements.

Tuesday, 8 March 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 599 No. 2

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  146.  Mr. Naughten  Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   the number of international constitutions to which Ireland is a signatory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7602/05]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  As the Deputy will no doubt be aware, the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was signed by Ireland in Rome on 29 October 2004.

In addition a number of international organisations and bodies of which Ireland is a member are governed by instruments which are described in their titles as being constitutions including the Constitution of the International Labour Organisation, the Constitution of the World Health Organisation, the Constitution of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the Constitution of the United Nations International Development Organisation, the Constitution of the International Organization for Migration, the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union and the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union and the Constitution of the European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease.

All the listed constitutions are international agreements within the meaning of international treaty law. As such they fall to be addressed under Article 29.5 of Bunreacht na hÉireann.

[417]Question No. 147 answered with Question
No. 132.


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