240. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the delays being experienced by persons who have been offered positions as clerical workers in An Garda Síochána (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8387/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As provided for in the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the civilian staff of An Garda Síochána are Civil Servants of the State and the Garda Commissioner is the Appropriate Authority (within the meaning of the Civil Service Commissioners Act 1956 and the Civil Service Regulation Acts 1956 to 1996) for these staff. 
As the Deputy will appreciate, given the nature of the functions of An Garda Síochána, it is necessary for checks secondary and in addition to vetting to be carried out on persons considered for employment in An Garda Síochána.
These checks can take time to complete for a variety of reasons depending on the individual case. However every effort is made to expedite this process to the greatest extent possible and to ensure that there is no undue delay arising.