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Garda Vetting and AccessNI

Mountaineering Ireland follows safe recruitment procedures in the case of all volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults, as detailed in our Vetting Policy and Procedures. The process ensures that all volunteers provide referees to vouch for their character and credentials, and undergo a background check.

Garda Vetting

In the Republic of Ireland background checks are carried out by the National Vetting Bureau of which Mountaineering Ireland is an authorised organisation. Mountaineering Ireland administers all Garda Vetting applications on behalf of Mountaineering Ireland volunteers who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

Step 1: Garda Vetting ID Validation - please complete Garda Vetting ID Form

Step 2: Complete the Safeguarding Recruitment Form (Vetting)

Step 3: Complete a code of conduct form for Adults/Leaders/Volunteers or Parents/Guardians

and return all forms to Mountaineering Ireland at the relevant address below or upload onto our new secure vetting web portal (coming soon):

Step 4: Once we have received your validated ID and completed form, we will invite you to go through the online Garda vetting system via email. Please ensure that your email is written clearly on the validation form.

Please return the completed form to the below address:

  • Garda Vetting Designated Liaison Person
  • Mountaineering Ireland
  • Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus
  • Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, D15 DY62

Completion of this process permits An Garda Síochána and Access NI to disclose the applicant's personal data regarding convictions and / or prosecutions pending or completed, successful or not in the state or elsewhere to the Authorised Signatory.

Once the process has been completed, a letter will be sent from Mountaineering Ireland to the individual applicant confirming whether the application has been approved or rejected.

Please be aware that the Garda Vetting and Access NI process may take several weeks to complete.

Access NI

In Northern Ireland Access NI background checks are carried out by NI Sports Forum on behalf of Mountaineering Ireland. Mountaineering Ireland administers all Access NI applications on behalf of Mountaineering Ireland volunteers who are resident in Northern Ireland.

Step1: Please click Access NI Guidance notes.pdf to download a copy of this form.

Step 2: Complete the Safeguarding Recruitment Form (Vetting)

Step 3: Complete a code of conduct form for Adults/Leaders/Volunteers or Parents/Guardians

Step 4: Follow the steps in the form and submit a signed copy with 10-digit code along with copies of your ID documents by email to ricky@mountaineering.ie once your ID has been validated by an MI volunteer or staff member.

Step 5: Mountaineering Ireland will submit your application to NI Sports Forum.

Step 6: Mountaineering Ireland will contact you once your Access NI application has been complete.

Return Address: (please mark 'Private and Confidential')

  • Access NI Designated Liaison Person
  • Mountaineering Ireland
  • Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
  • 32 Hilltown Road, Bryansford
  • Newcastle, BT33 0PZ

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