124. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when an application by a person (details supplied) for security clearance to work for the Irish Prison Service will be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10312/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, given the nature of the functions of the Irish Prison Service, it is necessary for checks secondary and in addition to vetting to be carried out on persons considered for employment in the Irish Prison Service.
These checks can take time to complete for a variety of reasons depending on the individual case.  However, I can assure the Deputy that every effort is made to expedite this process to the greatest extent possible and to ensure that there is no undue delay arising.
I have been in contact with the Garda Authorities to make the necessary enquiries in respect of the individual case the Deputy has raised and I will correspond directly with the Deputy when they have been completed.