Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (184)

Olwyn Enright


264 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science when a Garda clearance check will be completed by the central vetting unit into a person (details supplied) so as to allow them to take up a teaching post offered to them in England; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6852/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I cannot comment on the functioning of the Garda vetting unit or on a particular case before it, however, I am aware that there have been some difficulties in respect of vetting for schools and other bodies who work with children and young people both within the State and in relation to applications concerning other jurisdictions.

A cross-governmental working group has been established to consider proposals for reform of vetting by the central vetting unit run by the Garda Síochána. Its terms of reference include defining the type of organisation which should come within the ambit of the vetting process. The group is chaired by a chief superintendent and includes officials from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Education and Science, and the Office of the Attorney General. I understand that it hopes to finalise its report shortly.