332. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when an application by a prisoner (details supplied) in Maghaberry Prison in Northern Ireland to complete his sentence here will be concluded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40472/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that an application for repatriation, from the person referred to, has been received and is being dealt with accordingly. It is not possible to provide a precise time-line in respect of individual applications, due to the number of parties involved in the process.
The individual will be kept informed directly of any developments in his case as they arise. The Deputy should be aware, that the Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons does not confer an automatic right for any prisoner to be transferred nor does it confer an obligation on any State to comply with a transfer request. In addition the consent of the three parties in the process is required prior to any transfer, i.e. the sentencing state, the receiving state and the sentenced person.