Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (449)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

449. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason significantly incorrect information was sent from the Garda vetting unit to potential employers in County Donegal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [30157/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Garda vetting is conducted by the Garda central vetting unit, GCVU, for organisations registered with the Unit for that purpose. The unit processed approximately 328,000 vetting applications on behalf of these organisations in 2012. I am informed by the Garda authorities that checks conducted at the GCVU in respect of the application of the person concerned indicated a number of prosecutorial details in respect of her. Details of these prosecutions were disclosed to the registered organisation in question on 25 January 2013.

On receipt of correspondence questioning the veracity of this information, further enquiries were conducted by the GCVU. It was established that due to an administrative error on the Garda PULSE system, two court outcomes were incorrectly attributed to the person concerned. Following the discovery of this error an amended Garda vetting disclosure was issued to the registered organisation in question on the 15 May 2013 containing the correct details.