73. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to publish the assessment submitted by the Defence Forces to his Department in February 2018 on the loss of Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19312/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated cost of restoring the scheme whereby a €22,000 bonus was paid to officers in the Air Corps over five years if they chose to extend their contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19313/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.
The retention of Officers in the Defence Forces, in particular retaining Air Corps Pilot Officers, has been a challenge for the Defence Forces in recent years. The most recent Air Corps Pilot Service Commitment Scheme ran from 2002 to 2010 with the intention of retaining experienced AC Pilot Officers. 
The following table illustrates the number of personnel who availed of the ...

75. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the annual cost of the operation of the bonus scheme to retain officers in the Defence Forces for each of the ten years prior to its abolition; the number of personnel availing of the scheme; the rank of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19314/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.
The retention of Officers in the Defence Forces, in particular retaining Air Corps Pilot Officers, has been a challenge for the Defence Forces in recent years. The most recent Air Corps Pilot Service Commitment Scheme ran from 2002 to 2010 with the intention of retaining experienced AC Pilot Officers. 
The following table illustrates the number of personnel who availed of the ...

76. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when his Department’s submission to the Public Service Pay Commission will be completed; when the report on the issues affecting pay and retention of personnel will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19315/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

77. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the paper prepared by military authorities as part of the joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19316/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

78. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met with representatives of an organisation (details supplied) on the submission to the Public Service Pay Commission; if the views of the organisation will be included in the joint submission process; if the terms of reference of the examination by the commission includes meeting with representatives of the Defence Forces personnel, including the organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19317/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

16. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to provide overtime payments to members of the Defence Forces that recently worked in excess of their contracted hours during Storm Emma; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12714/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): All the available resources and capabilities of the Defence Forces were at the disposal of the principal response agencies in reaction to the recent extreme weather event.  In this regard, the Defence Forces and Civil Defence made a substantial and coordinated contribution to local efforts on a national basis.
Unlike other areas of the Public Service and due to the nature of the duties performed, overtime payments are not availa...

110. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated cost of reversing the 2012 decision to reduce the wage of new recruits in the Defence Forces by 10%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8267/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There are various factors which would impact on calculating the estimated costings in the manner sought by the Deputy. These include the level of recruitment which varies over time and the numbers of recruits remaining in the Permanent Defence Force once recruited. As both of these are variable, I am not in a position to provide an estimate of the costing given the changes in rates, the movement of personnel along scales and imp...

113. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the pay scales of all ranks in the Defence Forces. (Question 5731/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 and 114 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set, inter alia, by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. 
Under current Public Service Pay Agreements, pay is being restored to public servants, including members of the Permanent Defence Force. 
PDFORRA signed up to the Lansdown...

114. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the Defence Forces last received a direct pay increase. (Question 5732/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 and 114 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set, inter alia, by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. 
Under current Public Service Pay Agreements, pay is being restored to public servants, including members of the Permanent Defence Force. 
PDFORRA signed up to the Lansdown...

115. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the pension payments for a private who finishes out a full term. (Question 5733/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The specific occupational pension scheme terms of members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) depend on factors such as the date a person first joins the public service. The military superannuation arrangements of enlisted personnel in the PDF, including Privates, fall into the following three distinct categories, the terms of which are quite different from each other:
- Joined the PDF before April 2004;
- Joined on or after 1...

43. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps taken by his Department to address the pay and conditions of the Defence Forces personnel as highlighted by a group (details supplied) in a recent protest. (Question 53034/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is to ascertain whether the Minister of State has taken any steps to address the poor terms and conditions experienced by members of the Defence Forces, as highlighted a fortnight ago by the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces, WPDF, organisation when it organised a 24-hour vigil outside Leinster House on Wednesday, 29 November.
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614. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Permanent Defence Forces members who earned a basic pay, without military service allowance, of less than €24,518 per annum in each of the years 2008 to 2016 by rank, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22675/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 614 and 615 together. 
The information requested is set out in tables 1 and 2 in respect of the ranks specified. Table 1 shows those members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) who were on a basic pay scale point only of less than €24,518 on 31 December for each of the years in question, while Table 2 shows those members who were on a basic pay scale point plus Military Service Allowance (MSA)...

615. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Permanent Defence Forces members who earned basic pay, with military service allowance, of less than €24,518 per annum in each of the years 2008 to 2016 by rank (details supplied), in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22676/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 614 and 615 together. 
The information requested is set out in tables 1 and 2 in respect of the ranks specified. Table 1 shows those members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) who were on a basic pay scale point only of less than €24,518 on 31 December for each of the years in question, while Table 2 shows those members who were on a basic pay scale point plus Military Service Allowance (MSA)...

1477. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of full-time equivalent Defence Forces personnel who earned a basic pay of less than €24,518 per annum for each of the years 2008 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20132/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The information requested is set out in the table below. The numbers shown are those members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) who were on a basic pay scale point plus Military Service Allowance (MSA) of less than €24,518 on 31 December for each of the years in question. MSA is regarded as an integral part of standard pay and is designed to compensate PDF personnel for the liability and performance of the special conditions ...

1478. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel who were on the pre-2010 pay scale structure for each of the years 2009 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20133/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to answer Question Nos. 1478 and 1479 together.
As there are various factors which would impact in providing the information requested in the manner sought by the Deputy, such as the numbers of recruits remaining in the Permanent Defence Force over that period once recruited, the levels of recruitment which varies over time, progressions through the payscales and promotions through the ranks, I am not in a position to...

1479. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel that are on the pay scale effective from 1 November 2013 which applied to existing staff on the 2010 pay scale; and the number that are on the 2011 pay scale for each of the years 2010 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20134/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to answer Question Nos. 1478 and 1479 together.
As there are various factors which would impact in providing the information requested in the manner sought by the Deputy, such as the numbers of recruits remaining in the Permanent Defence Force over that period once recruited, the levels of recruitment which varies over time, progressions through the payscales and promotions through the ranks, I am not in a position to...

1319. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the savings that accrued to the Exchequer from the cuts to the Defence Forces personnel made under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009 to 2015 and the public service stability agreement 2013 to 2018, in tabular form; and the further savings arising from the incorporation of duties attracting technical group 1 pay into standard duties for new enlisted personnel. (Question 13047/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Question Nos. 1319 and 1320 together.
As there are various factors which would impact in calculating the estimated costings in the manner sought by the Deputy, such as the level of recruitment which varies over time and the numbers of recruits remaining in the Permanent Defence Force once recruited, can change as well, I am not in a position to provide the costing in the format sought.
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1320. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the savings to the Exchequer that accrued from cuts to Defence Force personnel to the flat rate security duty allowance and related payments paid at the standard weekday rate, the 10% reduction in certain Defence Forces allowances, the voluntary buy-out of Border duty allowance for enlisted personnel and the implementation of additional incremental points in pay scales for new enlisted personnel post 1 July 2013 in tabular form. (Question 13048/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Question Nos. 1319 and 1320 together.
As there are various factors which would impact in calculating the estimated costings in the manner sought by the Deputy, such as the level of recruitment which varies over time and the numbers of recruits remaining in the Permanent Defence Force once recruited, can change as well, I am not in a position to provide the costing in the format sought.
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1333. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the cost of restoring retrospectively the weekly €50 increase for members of the Army Ranger wing back to 2006 as awarded by the adjudicator under the conciliation and arbitration scheme in 2010. (Question 13045/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): On 27 September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded an increase in the Army Ranger Wing allowance. This award is backdated to 1 June 2006. The Adjudicator’s Findings cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of Sections 2 and 5 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009. 
This adjudication is part of the ...

1334. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the cost to the Exchequer if the €20 cut to the 24-hour duty payment to Defence Forces personnel was reinstated. (Question 13046/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There are various factors which would impact in calculating the estimated costings in the manner sought by the Deputy. These include the numbers of serving soldiers falling eligible for such an allowance and the number of duties undertaken. As these variables can change over time I am not in a position to provide the costing in the format sought.
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314. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason seven years after the court of arbitration ruled in favour of a weekly €50 increase for members of the Army Ranger Wing, ARW, to be paid retrospectively back to 2006, the ARW is still awaiting payment of this pay rise; and the steps he will take to resolve this matter. (Question 10662/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): On 27 September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded an increase in the Army Ranger Wing allowance. This award is backdated to 1 June 2006.
The Adjudicator’s Findings cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of Sections 2 and 5 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009.
This adjudication is part of the ...

829. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of enlisted Defence Forces personnel that are in receipt of income support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9620/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in each part of the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to levels of pay available in related public sector employments. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments. 
I fully appreciate that many of our citizens continue to face some diff...

830. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the measures his Department plans to take to address the disparity in pay for new recruits whose weekly pay is under €300; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9621/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector.
You will be aware that the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (Lansdowne Road Agreement) currently define the pay policy for public servants. I...