4 November 2011 

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter, TD, has today 4 November 2011 published the Annual Report for 2010 on the operation of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003. The European Arrest Warrant provides for a speedy extradition process within the European Union. 

Minister Shatter said: "161 persons were surrendered to other Member States of the European Union in 2010 (up from 69 in 2009). Of those surrendered, 87 were sent to Poland and 34 were sent to the UK. Ireland received 373 European Arrest Warrants in 2010 (up from 326 in 2009) and offences cited included murder, rape, drugs trafficking and assault/robbery. Ireland issued 51 warrants in 2010 and 26 persons were surrendered to Ireland during the year". 

The report is available on the Department's website