Statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs: Human Rights Commission and Issue of Extraordinary Rendition
Commenting on the Human Rights Commission Resolution, a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said that:
“The Government will study the Human Rights Commission's resolution carefully and respond in due course.
As has been made clear on numerous occasions in the Dáil and elsewhere, the Government cannot permit, has not permitted and will not permit so-called extraordinary renditions to be carried out through Irish airports or airspace.
It has also been made clear that the appropriate authorities will act if there is specific and credible information regarding particular aircraft of the type in question.
Once again, however, the Government recalls that it has, on numerous occasions, received explicit, unambiguous and unqualified assurances from the US authorities that no prisoners have been transported through Irish airports, nor would they be, without the express permission of the Government. These assurances have recently been reiterated at a very high level. In the European context, these assurances are of a particular completeness and clarity.
The Government would also emphasise that it is co-operating fully with a Europe-wide enquiry on these issues being carried out by the Council of Europe. In the New Year, it will be providing a comprehensive response to the questions posed by the Council of Europe.”
23rd December 2005