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Deadline for Retrospective Garda Vetting extended to April 30th 2018

Department of Justice and Equality has advised us that the deadline date for submission of vetting applications in accordance with Section 21 of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 (Retrospective Vetting ) has been changed from the 31st December 2017 to the 30th April 2018. 



To clarify, a new deadline of the 30th April 2018 has been given by the Department of Justice and Equality for the submission of Retrospective Vetting Applications for all relevant organisations.

gardaí want to make sure that everyone that needs to be vetted to work with children or vulnerable people complies with the process.

Since April 2016 legislation has made it mandatory for people conducting relevant work to be vetted.

Anyone whose work, or voluntary activity, consists mainly of the person having access to children or vulnerable adults is required to be vetted.

People who help out on an occasional basis do not fall under the act and are not required to be vetted.


The vetting bureau has a number of compliance officers who carry out unannounced visits of businesses and organisations to ensure the law is being followed.

Retrospective vetting

“There is a cohort of persons who were employed in relevant work before the act commenced and this is the cohort to whom retrospective vetting applies,” Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler explained.

Retrospective vetting can take place until the end of April 2018, after which the person will be committing an offence if they haven’t engaged with the process.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) acts stipulate a range of penalties for failing to comply.

These penalties can include fines of up to €10,000 and five years in prison.

“We are appealing to organisations, those who maybe haven’t started their plan to move their retrospective vettings on, that they would do so now because that deadline is looming,” Superintendent Meyler continued.