501. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice the number of applications for transfer from overseas into Ireland received to date in 2021; the number of applications for inward transfer under consideration; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27938/21]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy Hildegarde Naughton): The Irish Prison Service authorities, who are the competent body for the administration of applications received under the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Transfer of Sentenced Persons, have confirmed that from 1 January 2021 to 20 May 2021, a total of eight applications have been received, four of which are inward. The breakdown is as follows; one from Portugal, one from Andorra and two from the UK.
All four are currently receiving the necessary attention afforded to all such applications. The Irish Prison Service authorities have confirmed that once all the required documents are collated, the cases will be submitted for my consideration.