326. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) will receive notice of an appointment. [27790/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can advise the Deputy that the person referred to in the details which he has supplied with the question was successful at interview stage of the 2018 Recruit Prison Officer campaign and following this stage, their security clearance application was sent for processing.
I can further advise that whilst the candidate has passed two of the three final stages of the Recruit Prison Officer assessments, their application cannot progress further until their security clearance application is successfully processed. In this instance, the time line for the clearance process has not been affected by the error referred to in the details supplied with the question.
Due to the unique nature of the prison environment, all matters concerning security are of the utmost importance, and the security clearance process is extremely thorough and extensive. As a result, some applications may take longer than others. Therefore, the Prison Service is not in a position to advise when the candidate in question will progress further. However, I have been assured that the candidate will be contacted as soon as the security clearance application has been completed.