HL Deb 04 November 2003 vol 654 c90WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 October (WA 92), what assurances they have received from the Government of the Irish Republic about the implementation of a human rights programme in the Irish Republic similar to that in Northern Ireland, as required in the Belfast agreement. [HL4849]

Baroness Amos

The Government have been assured that all of the comparable steps to be taken by the Irish Government as set out in paragraph 9 of the section of the 1998 agreement entitled "Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity" have been taken. These measures complement and strengthen the existing safeguards and protections of fundamental rights as enshrined in Articles 40 to 44 inclusive of the 1937 Irish Constitution.