Five additional members of staff are to be recruited to the Thurles Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to manage approximately 65,000 vetting applications currently awaiting processing.
The average processing time for vetting applications received at the GCVU is in the region of 10 to 12 weeks, given that demand is particularly high at present.
The GCVU has managed a substantial increase over recent years in the numbers of vetting applications it has receives; 187,864 in 2007, 218,404 in 2008 and 246,194 in 2009.
The GCVU provides employment vetting for a large number of organisations in Ireland, which employ persons in a full-time, part-time, voluntary or training capacity to positions where they would have substantial, unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults.
An additional five persons were recently assigned to the Vetting Unit, bringing the total to 83 personnel currently assigned there, including six Gardaí and 77 Garda civilian personnel. The further five additional personnel are being recruited on a temporary basis and it is intended that these persons will commence work shortly.
Overall, this represents a very significant increase in the level of personnel assigned to the unit, which stood at only 13 before current system of Garda vetting began in 2005.
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