The Irish Human Rights Commission is to examine an agreement which will reportedly allow CIA agents to secretly question Irish nationals on Irish soil.

A bilateral paper on the issue was signed by the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, and the US Ambassador to Ireland, James C Kenny, last week.

It provides for sweeping powers to be given to the US authorities on request, including the right to seize documents, check bank accounts and carry out searches of property.

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said it would be examining the agreement, which was drawn up to assist the US war on terror in the wake of 11 September.

IHRC President Dr Maurice Manning said when the facts have been established the commission will be looking to see if there are any implications for breaches of human rights.