Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ceisteanna (141)

Shane Cassells


141. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) will be granted Garda clearance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46842/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As the Deputy will appreciate, the primary purpose of the employment vetting carried out by the Garda National Vetting Bureau is to seek to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. This is a very important task which must be done thoroughly and correctly. 

The processing of vetting applications by the National Vetting Bureau is an operational matter for the Garda authorities and is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 and other relevant law, including the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016.

My Department has no role in the processing of individual vetting applications.

I understand however that applicants can track the process of their application online using the e-vetting tracking system, details of which are contained in the email received by applicants when completing their application online.

I further understand that the National Vetting Bureau has a dispute process for vetting applicants who wish to dispute the detail contained in a vetting disclosure. 

Finally, I understand that while it is the role of the National Vetting Bureau to provide vetting disclosures, it is for individual employers and organisations to determine their own vetting requirements and to assess the relevance of disclosed convictions to the vacancies they seek to fill. I understand, therefore, that it is not necessarily the case that the disclosure of a previous conviction to a potential employer or organisation will mean that they will automatically not consider a person for employment or engage them for services.