Europe’s leading human rights watchdog has criticised Ireland for failing to sign and ratify an international treaty tackling modern-day slavery.
The 46-nation Council of Europe approved the new convention in May 2005 to strengthen the campaign against human trafficking.
It need to be ratified by at least eight member states to come into force, but the council said today that only three countries had already done so.
It said Ireland was among dozens of countries who have not signed nor ratified the treaty.
The criticism is being made to mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.