243. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 86 of 25 January 2018, if the matter will be re-examined in view of the fact that application forms are not available online and a person (details supplied) was not provided with a form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27552/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Private Security Authority, established under the Private Security Services Act 2004 (as amended), is the statutory body with responsibility for the licensing and regulation of the private security industry in the State. The Authority is an independent body under the aegis of my Department and I have no involvement in its day to day operations.
As indicated in my reply to your previous question, I am informed by the Private Security Authority that it is in the process of moving from a paper based application system to online services. While an online renewal application for applicants is available in English, an Irish language equivalent is not.
As advised previously also, the Authority has informed me that An Coimisinéir Teanga has advised it that there is no statutory obligation on the Authority to provide an online renewal service in Irish. The Authority is, however, obliged to put in place a system which allows the Authority deal with the members of the public who wish to make their licence application through Irish. To satisfy this obligation, I am advised that the Authority provides an application form in Irish to facilitate any such licence applicants.
I understand that the Authority provided the individual in question with an Irish version of the application form following the expiry of their last licence. The Authority informs me that the completed application form has not been received to date and they have sent the Irish version of this application form again to allow the person in question apply for a licence renewal. On receipt of the completed application form the Authority will process the application.