709. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 281 of 13 February 2018, if posthumous pardons for women convicted of offences related to their protest for the right to vote will be progressed (details supplied); the work carried out by her Department on this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9640/21]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Deputy will be aware that the power of pardon rests solely with the President under the Constitution (Article 13.6). However the President may only grant a pardon on the advice of the Government (Article 13.9).
While a small number of historical pardons have been issued in the past, each case requires individual consideration. A pardon can only be issued to an individual, not to a group, and each specific case must be considered with respect to the individual circumstances of the conviction.