Justice Minister Alan Shatter has today published legislation which will insist on Garda vetting for anyone working with children or vulnerable adults.
Once the new law is enacted, any employer who fails to ensure vetting is carried out will face criminal penalties.
The move comes almost four years since an all-party committee recommended procedures be put on a statutory basis.
Minister Shatter has today pointed to work done in the Ferns, Ryan, Cloyne, Dublin Archdiocese and Kelly Fitzgerald reports, which, he said, demonstrates the absolute need to strengthen procedures.
He said the publication of the National Vetting Bureau Bill represents a major step in that direction.
"When enacted this Bill will make it mandatory for persons working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Gardaí," said Minister Shatter.
"There will also be criminal penalties for any employer who fails to do so. I consider it essential that where persons have been convicted by the courts or have been found to be a danger to children or vulnerable persons, then we must provide a clear legal basis to ensure that potential employers will be made aware of the facts.
"The Government is committed to ensuring that the safety of children and vulnerable persons is protected to the fullest extent possible.
This Bill is part of a suite of legislation to provide additional legislative safeguards to protect children or vulnerable adults. This Bill will complement the provisions of the Children First Bill and the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012."