120. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when an application for Garda Síochána vetting will be finalised for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8951/16]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda authorities that a vetting application in respect of the person referred to has been received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
On processing the application the Garda Central Vetting Unit established that it was necessary to conduct further enquiries with external agencies which are still ongoing.
Enquiries with external agencies are conducted for a multiplicity of reasons such as verification of identity, updating of incomplete records and establishing outcomes of investigations. In such instances processing times are significantly longer than the general average.
The application will be returned to the registered organisation upon its completion.