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Written Answers - Garda Vetting of Personnel

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 86.  Deputy Michael McNamara Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the reason Garda clearance documents are only given to companies or organisations which have registered with the Garda clearance centre and documents are not issued to persons living here or organisations or individuals located abroad despite the fact that many Irish persons require such clearance to take up jobs with foreign companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6198/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I am informed by the Garda authorities that Garda vetting certificates for employment purposes are only provided for those seeking employment in Ireland with registered organisations where the employment involves substantial unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults. The service is provided by the Garda Central Vetting Unit. A phased roll-out of employment vetting is being carried out to ensure the most critical sectors are covered initially while not overburdening the system that is being developed. Unfortunately, this means that criminal history vetting for general employ[359]ment purposes, here or abroad, is not available on demand. The Garda vetting certificate is also non-transferable. It is important to emphasise that it is a disclosure to the requesting, registered organisation of the position at the time when it is issued. Furthermore, non-transferability protects against the risk of fraud or forgery of such certificates and is a guarantee of the integrity of the vetting system.I am further advised that Police Certificates of Character are provided for the purposes of foreign consular and immigration requirements and for foreign business establishment. An individual may apply to the Garda Síochána for a disclosure under section 4 of the Data Protection Act 1988 (as amended) for a copy of the personal data which is maintained by An Garda Síochána. Such a disclosure is made to the individual to whom the data relates.

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