Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (130)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

130. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the background checks carried out on a person (details supplied) prior to employment; and the changes that have been made since an issue emerged to improve background checks for those being employed by his Department. [9548/18]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

It would be inappropriate for me to discuss the detail of any individual employee.  My Department has civilian staff employed at various military installations throughout the country to support the Defence Forces in tasks such as the upkeep and maintenance of military infrastructure and equipment. The grades are spread across a wide spectrum and include craft workers such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, and welders; specialists including healthcare professionals; and technicians and general operatives. 

All new entrants as civilian employees are subject to vetting and security clearance processes similar to those for Defence Forces' recruits. Security is kept under review and my officials work closely with the Defence Forces in relation to such matters.