05DUBLIN1547

Classification: 
UNCLASSIFIED
Subject: 
IRISH GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS U.S. ASSURANCES ON TRANSFER OF PRISONERS
Created: 
22 Dec 2005
Released: 
26 Aug 2011
Summary: 
Dermot Ahern states that he is happy with the assurances given by the US (embassies in Dublin, Washington, Secretary Rice). He notes that these assurances might be "qualified in some way by the definition of torture as applied by the US government" and says the assurances don't mention why a prisoner might be transferred which could limit the scope of the assurances. He did say the government would take "the gravest possible view" if our airports or airspace had been used for renditions.