116. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which Garda vetting has been completed in respect of candidates that sat entrance exams since recruitment to An Garda Síochána recommenced; the degree to which approval forthcoming is pending or refused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8891/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the recruitment process for An Garda Síochána is governed by the Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) Regulations 2013.
The Public Appointments Service (PAS), on behalf of the Garda Commissioner, manages the initial stages of the process with the final stages, involving a physical competency test, a medical examination and vetting of candidates, being managed by the Commissioner. As Minister, I have no direct involvement in the matter.
I have requested a report from the Garda Commissioner in relation to the information sought and I will write directly to the Deputy when the report is to hand.