08DUBLIN602

Classification: 
CONFIDENTIAL
Subject: 
IRISH ESTABLISH CABINET COMMITTEE TO REVIEW RENDITIONS ALLEGATIONS AND OTHER HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS
Created: 
3 Nov 2008
Released: 
22 Jul 2011
Summary: 
Cabinet-level committee established Oct 29 to review Ireland's human rights policies, and to ensure the Gardai and airport authorities have powers to search planes. Members of committee listed and committee mandate outlined: includes a mandate to contact the "transition team of the incoming US Administration" to review concerns about Guantanamo and interrogation techniques; will report on Irish Ministry of Justice actions to improve Garda training in basic human rights. otes that committee was based on Green Party - it was included in their Programme for Government. Amnesty Ireland welcomed action. Top Irish officials have accepted "assurances" since issue broke in 2004. Bertie Ahern and Dermot Ahern both rejected calls for inspection. Now Brian Cowen is doing the same. Rory Montgomery of the Department of Foreign Affairs told Embassy on Nov 3rd that this committee was designed to assuage the Greens and demonstrate that they had some say at the cabinet table after coming under fire from party members for austerity measured passed by them. They linked the pre-clearance agreements with the US to actions on renditions and other humand rights concerns. Committee also mandated to approach the ICAO to see if the Chicago Convention could be changed to better facillitate aircraft inspections but Montgomery says this was a "non-starter". Ambassador sums up the committee as follows: "The establishment of the committee was clearly a sop to a beleaguered Green Party and expectations are low that it will actively engage U.S. interlocutors. We should expect a bit of noise on this issue in the weeks ahead, but it should soon die down."