§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Attorney-General (1) if he will publish a detailed explanation of his role in the Brendan Smyth extradition case and related issues;
(2) if he will set out any points of difference or emphasis that he has with the detailed explanation of the Irish Attorney-General's into the circumstances surrounding the extradition to Northern Ireland of Brendan Smyth which was published in Dublin on 9 November 1994.
§ The Attorney-General
I refer the hon. Member to my written answers to him on 21 November 1994,Official 18W Report, columns 37–38; 25 November 1994, columns 388–89; and 28 November 1994, column 512.
I understand that the report of the former Irish Attorney- General to his Cabinet on the circumstances surrounding the processing by his office of the request for extradition of Brendan Smyth has been placed in the library of the Dail, and that the present Irish Attorney-General has published in The Irish Times of 2 December 1994 a further detailed report, which includes extracts from the former report. Copies of The Irish Times are in the Library.