9. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence to outline his views on whether the threat level against Irish troops serving on the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon has increased since a person (details supplied) attended a major Israeli military and state public propaganda event on 18 April 2018, an event that coincided with the anniversary of the 1996 Qana massacre (details supplied) and at a time when Israeli soldiers are regularly targeting and firing at Palestinian civilians and wounding or killing them. (Question 20215/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I asked the Minister of State at a joint committee meeting recently whether he believed it was appropriate for Major General Michael Beary, who is the head of mission of the UN in Lebanon, to attend an Israeli celebration at Mount Herzl and whether that attendance had put the lives of Irish troops at risk.
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42. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the role of the Army Ranger Wing that was stationed as part of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan on several occasions since 2006; the reason Dáil Éireann was not alerted to the fact that Irish special forces members were deployed there contrary to the neutrality of the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20217/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 42 together.
The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) are the Special Operations Forces of the Defence Forces.
Defence Forces personnel, including ARW personnel, are deployed to United Nations peacekeeping missions in accordance with the provisions of the Defence Acts.
The statutory authority for the despatch of contingents of the Permanent Defence Force for service overseas is set out in Section 2 of t...

123. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update of the work of Irish troops who are deployed with a task force to help in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, the work they are undertaking, when they will finish this tour of duty and if they will be replaced by a new group of troops when they finish. (Question 11665/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I have tabled this question to seek an update on the commendable work of all Irish soldiers serving in Sierra Leone and assisting in tackling Ebola. They volunteered for this difficult and challenging tour and left Ireland earlier this year to fight the worst outbreak yet of Ebola which has claimed over 10,000 lives or more. What work have they been doing? When are they due back and will a further detachment be sent to finish or continue their work?
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141. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to a militant attack in Bamako in Mali, which involved the shooting dead of a French citizen and a Belgian security officer serving with the European Union delegation there and three civilians; if the security regulations that Irish troops in the country are bound by have been updated; and his views on whether the lives of these Irish soldiers are under threat because the European Union delegation is training the Malian army to wage war in the north of Mali. (Question 11640/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am aware that on 7th March 2015, a Sahara-based Islamist group claimed responsibility for a rare attack in Mali’s capital that killed five people, including two foreigners. This highlighted continued volatility in the African nation two years after France helped retake territory from al Qaeda-linked militants. No Irish personnel were involved in the incident.
Ireland is currently contributing ten (10) personnel to the EU Training Mission in Mali (...

103. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence his plans to deploy personnel to Syria currently. (Question 21290/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 103, 105 and 306 together. 
I also met with Major General Iqbal Singh Singha of India, the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). I was briefed on security issues in that area, especially the growing risks flowing from instability in Syria and the impact of the refugee crisis in the region.
I was also briefed on the detention and subsequent safe release of twenty ...

33. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence the number of tours of duty there were to Lebanon since 1 January 2000; the number of Privates, Corporals, Sergeants, CQs and Company Sergeants that were on each trip. (Question 6126/13 asked on 07 Feb 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): There were 13 tours of duty (deployments) to the Lebanon since 01 January 2000. The breakdown of the ranks requested by the Deputy for each contingent is set out in the table below: 

 UNIT Company Sergeant CQ Sergeants Corporals Privates 86 Infantry Battalion 13 12 79 114 259 87 Infantry Battalion 10 14 98 153 269 88 Infantry Battalion 9 15 93 142 243 89 Infantry Battalion 9 15 93 142 243 41 Irish Component 8 14 37 17 17 ...