731. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Justice if Ireland is a signatory to the Dublin Convention and compliant with the provisions of same (details supplied); the position regarding the operation of the directive here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13427/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): Ireland has opted-in to what is commonly referred to as the Dublin III Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013). The Dublin Regulation sets out the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection made in one of the Member States.
The European Union (Dublin System) Regulations 2018 (SI No. 62 of 2018) came into effect on 6 March 2018. The Regulations give further effect to the Dublin III Regulation in Ireland. It is a matter for the European Commission to assess if a Member State is compliant with EU legislation.
The Dublin Unit of the International Protection Office (IPO) is responsible for determining whether applicants should be transferred to another Member State or have their application assessed in Ireland. The Unit also responds to requests from other Member States to transfer applicants to Ireland.