Garda Vetting

garda-vetting-badgeHorse Sport Ireland is registered as a Relevant Organisation with the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to process vetting applications for relevant individuals. The NVB provides the only official vetting service in the Republic of Ireland. The Garda Vetting system in operation in Horse Sport Ireland is in line with the legislation requirements and best practice for safeguarding children in Sport. There are 2 Liaison Person’s (LPs) in HSI who are registered with the NVB to process vetting applications on behalf of HSI and its Affiliates:

  • National Safeguarding Officer – Ciara Gorman
  • Equestrian Sport Manager – Tríona Connors
The National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 to 2016

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and the Act provides a legislative basis for the mandatory vetting of persons who wish to undertake certain activities relating to children or vulnerable persons. The commencement of the Act brought some new changes to the Horse Sport Ireland vetting process:

  • From May 1st 2016 an administrative charge of €10 per application for vetting through Horse Sport Ireland was introduced. Payment can be made via the payment page below.
  • Under the legislation there is a mandatory  requirement for an ID Check for each person requesting vetting. Horse Sport Ireland will utilise the availability of its Affiliate National Children’s Officer’s and Club/Branch Children’s Officer to carry out ID checks at local level. Please refer to the 100 Point ID Check Documents below.
  • The commencement of the National Vetting Bureau Act also introduced the eVetting System (Online Vetting Applications). Horse Sport Ireland, as and from, September 16th 2016 will only process applications through the eVetting system. Full details below.
  • Under the National Vetting Bureau Act 2012 – sect 3 (1) (c) it states, persons giving of assistance on an occasional basis (i.e. at training sessions, competitions, national squad etc) and for no commercial consideration at an event would not be required to be vetted. The Horse Sport Ireland definition of Occasional Work can be viewed below.

NOTE: Please refer to the Horse Sport Ireland Garda Vetting Policy below for a full brief of the Garda Vetting Process through HSI.

Northern Ireland and United Kingdom Addresses 

If you have previous addresses in Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom, YOU MUST provide a postcode for these when completing your Garda Vetting Application. Failure to do so will result in your application being withdrawn. Please see download for guidance and useful links.


All Horse Sport Ireland vetting applications must now be completed using the eVetting System. This is a six step process. It is important to note that at Step 1, there is still a paper application as it is outlined in the National Vetting Bureau Act that all persons seeking vetting through a  registered organisation must provide a written signature consenting to the same and proof of Identification.

Garda Vetting Payment Page

From May 1st 2016 there is an administrative cost of €10 per Garda Vetting Application. Please click on the first link below to bring you to the payment page. Upon receipt of payment, an automatic email will then be sent to you where the HSI eVetting Invitation and ID Verification Form will be available for download and completion.

Additional Garda Vetting Information