346. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the dispute between Tusla and the Garda National Vetting Bureau which is causing delays in persons obtaining Garda clearance; the reason for the dispute; when it is likely to be resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23718/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Vetting is carried out by An Garda Síochána primarily in accordance with the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016.
I am informed that there are no backlogs or delays in Garda vetting. The current turnaround time for applications submitted via the evetting system is five working days for 80% of applications received.
I am aware that the Garda National Vetting Bureau engages on an ongoing basis with relevant organisations for the purposes of the Act with regard to the operation of the provisions of the Act.
I am further informed by the Garda authorities that they are not aware of any dispute between the Garda National Vetting Bureau and Tusla.