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110. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 393 of 15 April 2015 the reason, for the purposes of record keeping, a distinction is made between the issue of extraordinary rendition and the more general matter of requests to carry out searches, in view of the fact that the latter could cover suspicions of drugs on board, or of guns, or other illegally held persons, for example someone kidnapped by a non-State party; and if she will indicate the reason for extraordinary rendition being treated differently. [16112/15]

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Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the particular issue of extraordinary rendition has given rise to regular requests for information from the Garda Authorities including, for example, in respect of Parliamentary Questions and queries from international bodies. It is in this context that the record-keeping distinction arises. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that all information in respect of any request to search an aircraft is considered fully in accordance with the law before any decision is made.