817. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Justice the number of outstanding European arrest warrants for Irish citizens in each of the years 2016 to 2020, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21628/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I wish to advise the Deputy that the total number of European Arrest Warrants pertaining to Irish citizens, issued by Ireland or received by Ireland during the years 2016 to 2020 inclusive and which remain outstanding (are still active) at this time, are set out in the table below.
There are various reasons why European Arrest Warrants are outstanding. The most common explanations are that the proceedings pertaining to an individual warrant have yet to be concluded, the individual concerned is also serving a domestic prison sentence in this State or another state, the individual concerned has yet to be located and arrested, or more recently that surrender is postponed due to complications arising from the current Covid 19 pandemic.
EAW's received for Irish Citizens

Year: Total: Active:
2020 32 20
2019 26 5
2018 25 4
2017 28 4
2016 25 1

EAW's issued for Irish Citizens
Year: Total: Active:
2020 81 65
2019 60 22
2018 64 15
2017 46 11
2016 60 4