Friday 24 November 2017

Backlog for vetting set to worsen

THE backlog at the Garda Vetting Unit could worsen with the introduction of mandatory vetting of any person working with children and vulnerable adults, writes Breda Heffernan.

The unit already has some 40,000 applications for vetting on its books at any one time and it takes on average between eight and 10 weeks to process an application.

However, this backlog is expected to grow still further.

No additional resources are being allocated to the vetting unit. However, the Department of Justice said it would monitor the situation to see if any extra resources were required.

There are currently four gardai and 91 civilian staff assigned to the unit.

As part of the proposed legislation, which was published yesterday, existing vetting procedures will be placed on a statutory footing.

Irish Independent

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