351. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when his Department first learned of the case of a person (details supplied); the actions his Department has taken on this matter and to facilitate this person's return here; the progress made to date in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31197/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, these are very sensitive matters and it is the long standing policy of my Department not to comment publicly on the details of any individual case or the arrangements that may be put in place.
The provision of consular assistance to Irish citizens abroad is the responsibility of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
I along with my colleague, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, continue to monitor the situation and the authorities here will continue to work closely with their international partners in this regard.