Extra staff needed for vetting unit in Tipp.

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Independent TD, Michael Lowry, has called for the redeployment of extra staff to the vetting unit in Tipperary town when the reform of local government takes place.

When town councils are abolished and the two Tipperary county councils are merged next year surplus staff will have to be redeployed.

As it is thirty-three staff have expressed their interest in being redeployed to the vetting unit in Tipperary town.

At present staff at the various Garda vetting units are experiencing a long list of applications that need to be processed resulting in a waiting time of sixteen weeks.

According to Deputy Lowry, the surplus staff from the local authorities in Tipperary should be given first priority in joining the vetting office.