502. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the processing times for Garda Síochána vetting applications. [20372/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda authorities that the current average processing time for vetting applications is approximately 4 weeks from date of receipt.
In the interest of fairness, Garda vetting applications are processed in chronological order based on the date of receipt in the Garda Central Vetting Unit and all organisations registered for Garda vetting are aware of the processing time-frames and have been advised to factor this into their recruitment and selection process. However, seasonal fluctuations and the necessity to seek additional information on particular applications can result in this processing time being exceeded on occasion.
Last year the Garda Central Vetting Unit processed over 318,000 applications. The majority of these applications were dealt with within the average four week processing time referred to above .