466. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding Garda vetting and clearance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24424/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Vetting for employment purposes is carried out by the Garda National Vetting Bureau in accordance with the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 and other relevant laws. The primary purpose of the arrangements that have been put in place is to support protection for children and vulnerable adults. Neither I nor my Department has any role in the processing of such applications.
The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 sets out the arrangements in law whereby certain past convictions may not be disclosed. This Act made a series of amendments to the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 in respect of the arrangements for the disclosure or otherwise of past convictions in the vetting process.
These provisions are applied by the National Vetting Bureau in the context of processing all vetting applications.
Under the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 a person is not obliged to disclose certain convictions which are over seven years old, subject to specified limitations. The provisions in this regard are set out in the 2016 Act.