116. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of serving Defence Forces personnel from County Wexford. (Question 5734/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am informed by the military authorities that 208 personnel serving within the Defence Forces list Wexford as their county of birth.
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304. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Air Corps personnel suffering from occupational asthma; the number of personnel discharged or refused further sign on due to occupational asthma in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30640/17 asked on 29 Jun 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am advised by the military authorities that it would be necessary to examine the medical file of each individual Air Corps personnel to determine if any persons have any particular medical condition. The Deputy will appreciate that it is not practical to do this. 
In relation to discharges from the Air Corps on foot of medical boards, I am advised that in the period mid-2012 to mid-2017 none related to asthma.
At contract ren...

682. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of officers, excluding those posted abroad or involved in training and staff courses, that were available for operational duties at home, by month, in 2014 to 2016, inclusive and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 24537/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 682 and 683 together. 
It was not possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy in the timeframe available. I shall provide the figures to the Deputy when I receive them from the military authorities.
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683. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of officers that were posted abroad or were participating in training or staff courses in 2014 to 2016, inclusive, and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 24538/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 682 and 683 together. 
It was not possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy in the timeframe available. I shall provide the figures to the Deputy when I receive them from the military authorities.
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611. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 1476 of 2 May 2017, if he will reconcile this with his answer to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 1474 and 1475 of 2 May 2017 which used whole-time equivalent, as recorded by the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22672/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions 611 and 612 together.
Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) strength figures refer to the Total Strength minus personnel on Leave of Absence or Secondment. The Defence Forces do not offer a Job Sharing scheme whereby two individuals cover one appointment on a part-time basis.
With regard to reconciling the previous Parliamentary Questions referred to by the Deputy, Question Numbers 1474 and 1475 of 2 May 2017 ...

612. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the definition of whole-time equivalent as used by the Defence Forces; the hours per week that constitute a whole-time equivalent as used by the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22673/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions 611 and 612 together.
Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) strength figures refer to the Total Strength minus personnel on Leave of Absence or Secondment. The Defence Forces do not offer a Job Sharing scheme whereby two individuals cover one appointment on a part-time basis.
With regard to reconciling the previous Parliamentary Questions referred to by the Deputy, Question Numbers 1474 and 1475 of 2 May 2017 ...

613. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the average hours worked per week per person in ranks (details supplied), in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22674/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence Forces are a 24/7 organisation and personnel can be called upon at any time to undertake duties in relation to the tasks assigned by Government. The nature of the training and the roles discharged by members of the Defence Forces can range from general office duties, to education and instruction to security duties that can be for periods of 24 hours each. In addition, when on overseas service, on duty and on call p...

334. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel that are due to retire from the services by the end of 2017. (Question 21018/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have been advised by the Military Authorities that 65 personnel (15 officers and 50 other ranks) are due to retire from the Permanent Defence Force on age grounds by end 2017. It is not possible to state how many personnel will leave the Permanent Defence Force for reasons other than age during this period. With the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, it is intended to retain the capacity of the...

1474. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of full-time equivalent Defence Forces personnel for each of the years 2008 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20129/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1474 and 1475 together.
I am informed by the military authorities that the Defence Forces’ personnel management system captures both the strength of personnel and the whole time equivalent of personnel serving in the organisation. Whole Time Equivalent (WTE), as recorded by the Defence Forces, is equal to the Total Strength, minus personnel on Leave of Absence and Secondment. The table below sh...

1475. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel part-time and full-time on the payroll of his Department for each of the years 2008 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20130/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1474 and 1475 together.
I am informed by the military authorities that the Defence Forces’ personnel management system captures both the strength of personnel and the whole time equivalent of personnel serving in the organisation. Whole Time Equivalent (WTE), as recorded by the Defence Forces, is equal to the Total Strength, minus personnel on Leave of Absence and Secondment. The table below sh...

383. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of former members of the Defence Forces that have joined foreign military services on completion of service here either after resigning their commission or before completing their contract; the military services involved; if there are restrictions on former members of the Defence Forces joining other military services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18566/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am informed by the military authorities that they do not collate information on ex-Defence Forces personnel. However, there are no restrictions on former members of the Defence Forces joining other military services. It should be noted that terms of enlistment for enlisted personnel, post 1994, are for five years in the Permanent Defence Force and 7 years in the Reserve Defence Force. Section 241 of the Defence Act prohibit...

47. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel who have left the three branches since 2013, in tabular form. (Question 15273/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel as stated n the 2015 White Paper on Defence. The manpower requirement is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with operational requirements of each of the three services. As there is significant turnover of personnel in the Permane...

1331. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number and ranks of the Defence Forces personnel who served in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015; and the duration of their posting. (Question 12967/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Members of the Permanent Defence Force serve in a number of missions in Africa. In 2015, Defence Forces personnel served in the following missions in sub-Saharan Africa: UNOCI (United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast) 
MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) 
EUTM Mali (EU-Led Training Mission in Mali). 
The average duration of a tour of duty by Irish personnel in the above missio...

834. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel whose homes have been repossessed in the past five years; and his views on the difficulties faced by military personnel whose poor credit rating and reliance on moneylenders can be directly attributed to cuts in pay and entitlements. (Question 9625/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department does not hold information in relation to the number of Defence Forces personnel whose homes have been repossessed in the past five years or hold information in relation to the credit ratings of Defence Forces personnel as these would be a private matters between the individual and the relevant financial institution. The Government is however making every effort, within available resources, to support all those who...

836. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way his Department is responding to a climate survey that was carried out in 2016 and which showed low morale among Defence Forces personnel, whose reduced take-home pay is not enough to pay for the significantly increased travelling costs due to relocation following the closure of several barracks in recent years. (Question 9627/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence Forces Climate Survey was published in 2016, its purpose being to inform consideration of the ongoing human resource and strategic needs of the Defence Forces. The Survey was commissioned on foot of a recommendation in the third and most recent Report of the Independent Monitoring Group (IMG). A similar survey was conducted in 2008 and in line with that survey, approximately 11% of Defence Forces personnel were sam...

296. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for the outsourcing of previously employed civilian tasks; and the number of civilian staff in the Defence Forces and current cost of employing such person versus private sourcing. (Question 39070/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department currently has 487 civilian employees supporting the work of the Defence Forces. The basic pay of these employees, net of employer PRSI, will be €16,742,661 in 2016. Employer PRSI will amount to €1,846,963.
The employees discharge a wide range of roles, including tradespeople and specialist posts and therefore, it is not possible to provide a comparison of employment costs with private outsourcing.
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569. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence why he has not published the Dunbar report into suicide in the Defence Forces; if he will issue a copy to this Deputy. (Question 16670/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In August 1999 the Minister for Defence established an inter-Departmental Group under the Chairmanship of Mr. Liam Dunbar to conduct a review of the provision of medical services to members of the Defence Forces. The Group carried out a detailed study of the role and operations of the Medical Corps. The Group completed its report in June 2000. The report did not relate to suicide in the Defence Forces. ...

232. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces, the number who retired, who were on extended sick leave, who were recruited and who did not complete training, by Army, by Naval Service, by Air Corps, for each of the years 2006 to 2016 to date. (Question 16141/16 asked on 15 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): It has not been possible in the time available to compile the information in the format sought by the Deputy. The information is currently being compiled by the Department and I will provide the information directly to the Deputy as soon as it becomes available.
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