HC Deb 03 August 1971 vol 822 cc291-2W
Rev. Ian Paisley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in view of the fact that a terrorist escaped over the Londonderry- Donegal Border into the Irish Republic on Monday, 26th July after being disturbed by the Army as he was preparing a booby trap, he will now make representations to the Government of the Republic to seek to extend the extradition treaty with the United Kingdom to cover such criminals.

Mr. Anthony Royle

There is no extradition treaty between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic. The Republic's Extradition Act of 1965 broadly provides for extradition of a person for whom a warrant has been issued in this country, if a similar offence exists under the Republic's law. Extradition may however be refused if the court considers that the offence is a political one. Similar provisions exist in our own legislation and in both countries their interpretation is a matter for the courts.