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Written Answers - Security Industry

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 198.  Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the position regarding an application to the Private Security Authority for a licence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay in processing applications; if successful, the length of time they will have to wait for the licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3111/12]

 199.  Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the position regarding an application to the Private Security Authority for a licence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay in processing applications; and if successful, the length of time they will have to wait for the licence. [3112/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 198 and 199 together.

The Private Security Authority (PSA) is the regulatory body with responsibility for the regulation of the security industry in Ireland. The Authority is an independent body under the aegis of my Department and so the processing of licence applications is a matter solely for the PSA. The Authority has however informed me that the average processing times for applications, such as those referred to by the Deputy, is currently approximately 6 weeks. This arises mainly from the need to arrange for the vetting of all such applicants, which, the Deputy will appreciate, is an integral part of the licensing system.


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