454. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if Ireland has fully transposed the Council Framework Decision 2009/315/JHA of 26 February 2009 on the organisation and content of the exchange of information extracted from the criminal record between member states; if not, the reason therefor; when it is planned to do same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18618/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Council Framework Decision 2009/315/JHA establishes the European Criminal Records Information System which An Garda Síochána is operating on an administrative basis. It has not been possible to transpose this Decision into law earlier, due to pressure of other legislative commitments, both domestic and at EU level. My Department is currently liaising with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel and the Office of the Attorney General to finalise draft legislation to transpose this Decision, and this is a priority for publication this term.