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333. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of European arrest warrants issued for which arrests and-or extraditions remain outstanding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30632/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A court in the State may only issue a European Arrest Warrant upon application by or on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions where it is satisfied that a domestic warrant was issued for the arrest of that person but was not executed and the person is not in the State.
My Department is not involved in the issuing of warrants but does have a role in the transmission of such warrants to other member states of the European Union as appropriate.
My Department does not have full details of each case which is a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The information held by my Department suggests that of all the European Arrest Warrants issued in Ireland and transmitted to other Member States since 2004, 197 are currently ongoing. Of this overall provisional figure for active outgoing cases, 98 were issued in the period from the beginning of last year to date.
It should be noted that compliance with EAWs issued by this State is a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions.