Press Release

Minister Brian Lenihan announces Additional Resources for the Garda Vetting of Persons Working with Children

Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Children, today announced the provision of additional staff resources for the Garda Central Vetting Unit to enable the Garda Síochána’s vetting services to be extended to all persons working with children and vulnerable adults.  Such an extension of services will constitute a major step forward in child protection in this jurisdiction.

The additional staff resources of 17 persons will more than double the staffing complement of the Garda Central Vetting Unit, from 13 to 30 persons.

The Minister’s announcement today implements one of the key recommendations of the Working Group on Garda Vetting, which was charged with examining the requirements necessary to ensure that the Garda Síochána’s vetting services can be extended to all organisations that recruit employees and/or volunteers to work with children and vulnerable adults in the health, education, youth work, community and child care sectors.

The recommendations will be brought forward by an Implementation Group to be chaired by the Garda Síochána and comprising representatives of the Departments of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Health and Children; Education and Science; Finance; and the Office of the Attorney General, as well as Mr Paul Gilligan, CEO of the ISPCC.

Minister Lenihan said: “The requirement for additional resources for the Central Vetting Unit is the lynch pin of the recommendations of the Working Group on Garda Vetting; the guarantee of their provision today paves the way from a phased expansion of Garda vetting services to all sectors as soon as the necessary practical arrangements are in place.”