Written Answers - International Conventions.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 640 No. 1

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  127.  Deputy Pat Rabbitte  Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   if, following the damning report of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture regarding the conditions in Irish prisons, and more particularly its conclusions on the lack of sanitation, adequate space and basic safety from violence for inmates and staff in Mountjoy, Limerick Prison and St. Patrick’s Institution, Ireland is in breach of its international obligations under the Convention Against Torture, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Convention on the Prevention of Torture; and if he will raise with his Government colleagues in general, and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in particular the issues of non-compliance that arise. [25001/07]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Dermot Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  The report of the visit to Ireland one year ago by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) of the Council of Europe was published along with the response of the Government on 10 October. My Department participated in an Inter-Departmental Committee on the preparation of the visit chaired by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. I am pleased with the statement at the beginning of the CPT report that the degree of co-operation received during the visit from the Irish authorities was very good, both at central and local level. The issues raised by the Deputy arising from the report are matters for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, and I will draw them to his attention.

Questions Nos. 128 and 129 answered with Question No. 106.


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