Dáil Éireann - Volume 686 - 30 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Garda Vetting Services.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the length of time it takes for an individual to receive garda clearance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25881/09]

[477] Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons employed by the Garda Central Vetting Unit; and the details of their positions. [25882/09]

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: I propose to take Questions Nos. 294 and 295 together.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the average processing time for Vetting Applications received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) is four to five weeks. I am further informed by the Garda authorities that at present a total of 78 personnel is assigned to the Garda Central Vetting Unit, comprising eight Gardaí and 70 civilian personnel.