658. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice when it is planned to publish the 2019 and 2020 reports on the operation of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Acts which, according to the provisions of the Acts, should have been published by the end of April 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11019/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy is aware, Section 11 of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, 1995 requires me to make a report to the Houses of the Oireachtas on the operation of matters within the Act in the preceding year.
While there was a delay in the publication of the report last year, I can confirm that the 2019 Annual Report on the operation of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act 1995 & 1997 was recently laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. It was also published on the website of my Department. I regret that the timeframe for laying the report before the Houses was not met in this instance.
The 2020 Annual Report is currently being considered by senior management in Irish Prison Service and will be submitted to me the coming weeks in accordance with the provisions of the Act. I will ensure that the 2020 Annual Report is published and laid before the Houses within the required timeframe. Question No. 659 answered with Question No. 650.