Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Ceisteanna (113, 114, 115)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

113. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the structures in place to monitor the provision of licences by the Private Security Authority to those working as a door supervisor (licensed premises) or door supervisor (event security); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27109/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

114. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are different criteria for those licensed by the Private Security Authority as a door supervisor (licensed premises) or door supervisor (event security) for events held for persons aged under 18 years of age; if such supervisors are required to be Garda vetted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27110/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

115. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of door supervisor (licensed premises) licences issued by county in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the number of door supervisor (licensed premises) licences issued by which applicants completed a requirement (details supplied) or equivalent in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27111/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 to 115, inclusive, together.

The Private Security Authority (PSA), established under the Private Security Services Act 2004, as amended, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry in the State.

The PSA is an independent body under the aegis of my Department. I have no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the Authority. My Department has an annual governance oversight agreement with the Authority which, inter alia, sets out key objectives and targets to be achieved on an annual basis.

The Private Security Services Act 2004 (as amended) sets out the security services licensable by the Authority. The Authority licences both contractors and employees in the security industry and licensing is being introduced on a phased basis to the security industry. One of the security services prescribed in the legislation is that of door supervisor. The door supervisor sector is licensable under a number of sub-categories, one of which is ‘Licensed Premises’.

Licensing of contractors in the Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) sector commenced on 19 December 2005 and in the Door Supervisor (Event Security) sector on 1 November 2014. Employee licensing for the Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) sector commenced on 1 September 2006. Licensing of employees in the Door Supervisor (Event Security) sector has not yet commenced. All employees seeking a licence in the Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) sector must obtain the prescribed qualification Guarding Skills QQI Level 4 Minor Award or Door Security Procedures QQI Level 4 Minor Award or an equivalent qualification.

I can inform the Deputy that contractors in these sectors must adhere to the PSA Licensing Requirements Document – PSA 28:2013 Door Supervision and Security Guarding and PSA Licensing Requirements Document – PSA 39:2014 Event Security respectively. As part of the licensing regime contractors are audited annually to these Requirements Documents by an auditing body approved by the PSA. Part of such audits is verifying that contractors have the necessary protocols and supervisory checks for their individual operatives.

The Private Security Authority have 5 regional Inspectors. These Inspectors, amongst other inspection duties, carry out unannounced checks on licensed premises throughout the country to ensure that individuals in the Door Supervisor (licensed premises) are properly licensed. The Inspectors also undertake inspections of contractors to ensure compliance with the relevant Requirements Documents.

All new applicants for contractor and employee licences are vetted by the National Vetting Bureau in relation to their suitability to hold a PSA licence and existing licence holders are re-vetted periodically.

I am advised that work on the licensing of employees in the Door Supervisor (Event Security) sector is underway. A public consultation on the licensing requirements which should apply to the sector was undertaken in August 2018. The Authority expect to announce further details on the licensing of the sector in the coming months.

The Deputy may also wish to note that the licensing decisions made by the Authority are subject to appeal by the Private Security Appeal Board under Section 40 of the Private Security Services Act, 2004 (as amended).

The attached table shows a breakdown of Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) licences granted by county and by year.

Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) licences granted by county and by year

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 (up to 21/06/2019)

Carlow

131

126

132

128

166

98

Cavan

125

142

140

150

175

89

Clare

202

201

212

227

263

153

Cork

1206

1260

1250

1237

1498

777

Donegal

258

263

270

291

343

121

Dublin

3922

3735

3551

3759

4619

3788

Galway

748

750

699

742

909

339

Kerry

289

340

364

373

443

200

Kildare

426

435

453

506

603

459

Kilkenny

145

139

127

129

163

90

Laois

194

218

221

229

300

167

Leitrim

73

74

68

87

106

37

Limerick

428

457

493

506

627

410

Longford

110

107

132

166

203

100

Louth

307

300

320

359

463

285

Mayo

312

311

322

285

334

145

Meath

333

340

354

368

430

317

Monaghan

158

162

152

135

155

64

Offaly

186

179

178

175

218

136

Roscommon

117

126

125

133

166

91

Sligo

143

146

154

158

197

84

Tipperary

267

287

275

296

355

198

Waterford

227

265

298

338

431

195

Westmeath

161

165

180

234

288

162

Wexford

234

261

290

328

395

168

Wicklow

225

239

232

229

287

209

Northern Ireland

61

59

65

80

88

44

GB (excl. NI)

4

2

5

5

4

4

Other

0

0

0

0

2

2

Totals

10992

11089

11062

11653

14231

8932