300,000 faced garda vetting for work
ALMOST 300,000 people were vetted by the gardai last year for jobs involving children and vulnerable adults, writes Shane Hickey.
Garda figures show the number of people who have had their records checked has risen by 100,000 in four years.
Last year, there were 291,938 requests for vetting to the garda central vetting unit (GCVU), up from 187,864 requests in 2007.
The unit looks into the backgrounds of people who are applying to work with children and vulnerable adults, as well as for fostering and the Adoption Board.
The Department of Justice said it expected even more people to be vetted in the future as further organisations were added to the remit of the GCVU.
Some 18,000 organisations are now included under the checks.