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Belfast Agreement: Release of Prisoners

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 23 January 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether terrorist offenders released as a result of the provisions of the Belfast agreement 1998 are monitored by the Irish police service; and whether information is provided to the United Kingdom authorities if they are involved in criminal or terrorist activity. [HL1010]

The monitoring of released prisoners in the Irish Republic is a matter for the Irish authorities and I am unable to comment on their activities.

As the current legislation stands, there may be occasions when an individual released within the terms of the agreement may commit an offence in Ireland and be subject to the revocation of their licence. I am advised that there are no processes in place in which An Garda Siochana routinely checks whether a person is on licence or not but understand that it is proactive in passing information to the PSNI if it does come to light.