176. Deputy Joe Flaherty asked the Minister for Justice the status of an application for a transfer under the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons 1983 in the case of a person (details supplied). [56247/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): I have been advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service, (who are the competent body for the administration of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Acts) that while they have received a number of inquiries in relation to this individual, they have not yet received formal communication from the Latvian authorities in respect of this case.
An important element of the transfer process is that the consent of the individual concerned is provided and on receipt of a fully complete application my officials will process it according to the provisions of the Acts. The agreement of the Latvian authorities is also an essential condition for a transfer.