Backlog on Garda vetting leaving hundreds of Special Needs posts vacant in schools

Hundreds of special needs assistant posts are waiting to be filled due to a backlog of applications for Garda vetting.

Under child protection legislation, schools are obliged to ensure that anyone working in education setting where there are children must be vetted.

Latest figures show there are almost 400 special needs assistant applications still pending, according to RTÉ news.

Gardaí say most electronic applications are processed within five days. However, 80 per cent of paper-based applications are taking up to four to five weeks to be processed.

Source: The Irish Times