113. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive Garda Síochána clearance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40803/15]
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 by the Deputy was received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit on 11 November 2015. This application is currently being processed and will be returned to the Authorised Signatory in the registered organisation upon its completion.
In general, applications for Garda vetting are processed on a first come, first served basis in chronological order from date of receipt. This is with a view to observing equity and fairness in respect of all vetting subjects.
The current average processing time for vetting applications is four weeks. However, in some individual cases additional enquiries may be necessary and this may result in processing times in excess of the average.