Primary Level Education
Garda vetting update for Clergy and School Principals
Click here for the vetting invitation form. Where possible, please type the information on the form and print (rather than handwritting) before sending it to Bishop's House, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Any forms that do not include a date of birth and email address will be returned to the applicant. If the applicant does not have an email address, the applicant should ask the Parish Priest or Principal for permission to cite the parish or school email address.
The applicant should post only the application form to the Diocesan Office. The identity documents (copy of passport and utility bill) are shown only to the Parish Priest or Principal; due to data protection laws, these documents should not be sent to the Diocesan Office. The applicant should not send the details of previous addresses to the Diocesan Office; these details are only cited online for the attention of the Garda Vetting Bureau. The applicant should also be informed, as indicated above, that the application will expire after 30 days so it must be completed promptly.
The practice of sending disclosures directly to the applicants (rather than to the parishes or schools) at the end of the vetting process will continue. Applicants should be asked to bring the disclosure immediately to the relevant Parish Priest or Principal. This is the most certain way of knowing that the vetting process is completed.
It has been decided that, for a trail period, all applicants will be registered as “vetted for the Diocese of Meath” rather than for an individual parish or school. In other words, if an applicant is vetted for one parish, school or pilgrimage activity in the Diocese of Meath, this vetting will suffice for service in any other parish, school or pilgrimage activity, provided it is within the Diocese of Meath. This will avoid an individual having to complete multiple applications for service in the Diocese of Meath. It will be clearly noted on the disclosure that the applicant has been vetted by the Diocese of Meath.
Points to be noted (as directed by An Garda Siochana):
DO NOT send this form directly to the National Vetting Bureau or to any Garda Station..
The Applicant refers to the person seeking employment or wishing to volunteer.
All applicants will be required to provide documents to validate their identity (Passport or Driving Licence) as well as to verify the applicant's current address (recent utility bill or bank statement).
Personal Information Section on Vetting Invitation Form:
Insert details for each field, allowing one block letter per box.
For Date of Birth, allow one digit per box in the format DDMMYYYY.
Don’t leave any spaces in the Email Box.
For Job/Role/Position/Ministry, please be specific e.g. Special Needs Assistant, Caretaker, Priest, Choir Leader, Sacristan etc.
Ensure that the Applicant’s Signature field is signed and the Date Field is filled in.
Parish Priest/Chairperson of BOM/School Principal Section:
This section should only be completed by one of the above and not by the Applicant.
Insert details for each field as applicable.
Don’t leave any spaces in Email Box.
For School Roll Number, this should be completed when applicant is applying for a role in a school.
Signature Field must be completed by the Parish Priest/Chairperson of BOM/School Principal.
Please tick the Box indicating that the Applicant has provided documentation to validate their identity.
Please indicate the documents that were provided.
These points to be noted are both specific and detailed; they are issued by the Garda Vetting Office and compliance is necessary for the vetting application to be successfully completed.
All matters concerning the management of Primary Schools are handled by Rev Brendan Ludlow, Diocesan Secretary for Education.
Information is regularly sought on the Appointments Procedure for Primary Schools. Many helpful links are available on the link below.
Second Level Education
Post-Primary diocesan schools are located in Mullingar, Navan, Athboy, Kells, Trim, Tullamore and Drogheda.