Minister Coveney welcomes proposals for a Criminal Justice Bill 201722/11/17
Minister Coveney welcomes proposals for a Criminal Justice (International cooperation) Bill 2017
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Simon Coveney, T.D., has today welcomed the publication by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D, of the general scheme of the Criminal Justice (International cooperation) Bill 2017 following a decision by the Government to approve priority drafting of the Bill.
Minister Coveney said:
“The general scheme of the Criminal Justice (International cooperation) Bill 2017 that was approved by the Government today is a significant step in the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement legacy framework in this jurisdiction. It demonstrates the Government’s commitment to address the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland through the establishment of the Stormont House Agreement framework.
“Importantly, the Bill that will be brought forward by the Minister for Justice and Equality as a priority will provide for increased cooperation by An Garda Síochána with legacy inquests in Northern Ireland, including a number of coronial inquests that are currently underway. The Bill will also provide for cooperation of the Irish authorities with the Historical Investigations Unit, which is to be established as part of the Stormont House legacy framework.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Minister Flanagan to support the introduction of legislation as needed to provide for the Stormont House Agreement legacy framework in this jurisdiction.
“I will also continue to engage with the British Government and the political parties to seek an urgent move forward so that the Stormont House framework can be established in a manner that will meet the legitimate needs and expectations of all victims and survivors and contribute to broader societal reconciliation as an integral part of the Peace Process.”