I refer the Deputy to the response to a previous parliamentary question on this matter, Question 69 of 7 September 2018, as well as to responses to the following related parliamentary questions: Questions 103 and 104 of 24 July 2018, Questions 57 and 58 of 3 July 2018, Question 107 of 24 April 2018 and Question 16 of 25 January 2018. The call for applications to establish a new election observation roster was issued on 2 July. A total of 395 applications were received by the deadline of 17.30 on the 20 August 2018.
All applications were subject to screening to confirm that they met the essential criteria, as set out in the Volunteer Information Booklet.
The appraisal process has not yet been concluded. Training is now being put in place for the appraisal panels which will assess all those applications which met the aforementioned essential criteria. Language proficiency will also be verified. Once the appraisal process is complete, prior to being placed on the roster all successful applicants will be required to undergo vetting by An Garda Síochána or the appropriate policing authority.
As the current process remains ongoing, no consideration has been given at this stage as how future replenishments of the election observation roster would be managed.