39. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on Fine Gael MEPs who voted in favour of a European Parliament report requesting each member state to spend 2% of its GDP on defence; if such a proposal could be considered Government policy; the measures he has taken to ensure that the State’s contribution to the Athena funding mechanism will not be required to increase as common costs of EU missions rise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20218/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): With regard to defence spending, Government policy is defined within the parameters of our national budgetary process and role of Dáil Éireann. Within the EU, it is accepted that defence and security is a national competence, including national spending on defence and security. 
As part of Ireland’s participation in Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), Ireland has committed to regularly increase our defence budgets in real ...

696. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount of money spent annually in Ireland’s participation in the Partnership for Peace, European Defence Agency programmes, EU Common Defence Policy and EU battle groups from 2014 to 2016 in tabular form. (Question 16642/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Defence Forces Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Ireland’s contribution to the European Defence Agency (EDA), EU Common Defence Policy and EU Battlegroups from 2014 to 2016 are set out in the in the table below. The financial commitment to the operational budget of the European Defence Agency is in accordance with EDA funding principles, based on Gross National Income (GNI) key. The EDA Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Protection project allowed the Defe...