549. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of a Garda vetting application for a person (details supplied). [13707/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will understand, 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.
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 am advised that the vetting process in respect of the individual referred to by the Deputy was completed and returned to the Irish Prison Service. The person concerned is accordingly advised to liaise directly with the Irish Prison Service to ascertain the current position.