41. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the actions taken by his Department on foot of the decision of the European Committee of Social Rights to provide for the collective bargaining rights of Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20219/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The European Committee of Social Rights has considered a complaint submitted by EUROMIL, a European umbrella body for military associations, on behalf of PDFORRA, concerning the lack of certain rights for military representative associations in Ireland. 
It should be noted that the basis for the complaint pre-dates a number of Government initiatives. In relation to collective bargaining, the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) Represe...

36. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans on aligning the Defence Forces industrial relations with that of the initial findings of the Garda Síochána working group which was recently approved by Cabinet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44021/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question relates to the Minister of State’s position on the findings of the senior Garda management report on industrial relations and whether it has implications in regard to the Defence Forces. If the proposals of Garda senior management were adopted by the Defence Forces, does he believe it would be contrary to the European court decision regarding the right to representation?
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2105. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views regarding concerns raised by the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers that their members were severely disadvantaged as a result of being excluded from the national level parallel process and Defence Forces conciliation and arbitration process in January 2017. (Question 37935/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 2105 and 2109 together.
Following the publication of the Report of the Public Service Pay Commission on 9 May 2017, the Government initiated negotiations on an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement ahead of Budget 2018 considerations. 
Both RACO (Representative Association of Commissioned Officers) and PDFORRA ( Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association) were invited to t...

2108. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of the senior official from his Department who has been appointed to the working group established to review the State’s industrial relations position to facilitate recent Government decisions on the Garda associations. (Question 37938/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence has been afforded observer status by the Department of Justice and Equality, to the Working Group on industrial relations structures for an Garda Síochána. The official nominated to liaise with counterparts in the Department of Justice and Equality is Mr. Stephen Hall, Principal Officer, Conciliation and Arbitration Branch.
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2109. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the efforts made to deliver a transparent negotiation process through a clearly defined parallel structure and process for the Defence Forces representative associations during recent and future public service pay negotiations. (Question 37939/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 2105 and 2109 together.
Following the publication of the Report of the Public Service Pay Commission on 9 May 2017, the Government initiated negotiations on an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement ahead of Budget 2018 considerations. 
Both RACO (Representative Association of Commissioned Officers) and PDFORRA ( Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association) were invited to t...

2110. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reasons during the public sector pay talks when RACO tabled retention initiatives and invited defence sector management to do likewise the matter was diverted to the negotiating table of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37940/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following the publication of the Report of the Public Service Pay Commission on 9 May 2017, the Government initiated negotiations on an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement ahead of Budget 2018 considerations. The Permanent Defence Force Representative Associations attended the negotiations which were held under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). The Official side at the talks included representati...