Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (50)

Fergus O'Dowd


48 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he is considering the extension of the scope of the central vetting unit as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6345/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I understand that the working group established to examine the issue of extending the services of the Garda central vetting unit to other groups, taking into account all aspects of the vetting of persons coming in contact with children and vulnerable adults, held its final meeting on 23 February, 2004. I further understand that the report of the working group will be submitted to the Garda Commissioner and myself in the near future. I can assure the Deputy that full consideration will then be given to the report, including its recommendations.