Kerry County Councillor Norma Moriarty has called for improvements to the Garda vetting process.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor says that home help for elderly and vulnerable people is at a shortage already and that many people are unable to help because they’re waiting to be vetted.
Councillor Moriarty says she’s been contacted by people in need of support and by would-be home helps who are waiting for Garda vetting.
At present, it takes upwards of four months to get Garda vetting.
She believes the provision of home help is hampered by the lack of home helps in the system in general, but it is accentuated by the delays in processing Garda vetting applications.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor suggested the vetting should be awarded for periods of time in order to speed up the process and ensure home helps can get to work quicker.
Cllr. Moriarty added that the Public Health nurses are doing their best, but the system is letting them, their patients and their loved ones down.