Concerns have been raised unsuitable individuals could seek access to children through applying for certain jobs and avoid vetting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Organisations under the aegis of the Department of Culture are taking legal advice over a row with the Garda National Vetting Bureau, it has emerged. (...)

 Deputy Commissioner John Twomey and Supt Niall Featherstone, Chief Bureau Officer at the Garda National Vetting Bureau speaking on Tuesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Regular checks are set to be carried out by a special Garda unit on organisations working with children and vulnerable people to ensure all staff are (...)

The teacher claimed in court that arising out of an investigation, the Teaching Council now intends to send a notification about him to the National Vetting Bureau.

A schoolteacher has asked the High Court for orders preventing the Teaching Council of Ireland from notifying the National Vetting Bureau of concerns (...)

Former journalist Tom Humphries, who was jailed for grooming a girl from when she was 14 before sexually abusing her, was an underage camogie coach who got his victim’s number through a third party. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Procedures to safeguard young people in the GAA are “much better today than they were last year or even 10 years ago and will be better again next yea(...)

Brendan O’Dea of the National Teaching Council said about 16,000 teachers working in the system  still had to have vetting applications processed. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda enforcement officers are to begin unannounced vetting checks from January on organisations that employ people in contact with children. The mo(...)

Dee Pauley with some photographs of her mother, Eileen Crowley, who is now staying in a nursing home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deirdre Pauley still feels “massively” guilty about having to arrange for her mother to go into a nursing home. “It’s the hardest thing I have ever do(...)

Applying for vetting online takes a few days while the old paper-based version – on which many organisations are still reliant – takes between four and five weeks

Gardaí have appealed to organisations to embrace a new electronic vetting system to avoid delays in employing people working with children or vulnera(...)

Support groups and teachers say a lack of special needs assistants means that some children have reduced access to education or, in more extreme cases, are forced to stay at home

Hundreds of special needs assistant posts are waiting to be filled due to a backlog of applications for Garda vetting. Under child protection legisl(...)

The laws will ensure  that relevant convictions can continue to be brought to the attention of the National Vetting Bureau, which will vet those who work with children and vulnerable people. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The linked commencement of the spent convictions and national vetting bureau laws yesterday comes after a review of the way the two measures were affe(...)

Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler of the National Vetting Bureau, Kieran Downey of Garda IT,  GAA children’s officer Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl and Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan during the launch of the eVetting System at the DMR Regional Office, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda vetting for people applying to work with children or vulnerable people will be completed within days rather than weeks under a new “e-vetting” s(...)

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