2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if Naval Service vessels, as part of Operation Sophia (details supplied), have observed or have been prevented by the Libyan Coast Guard from going to the aid of migrants in distress in international waters in view of the fact that it has threatened, shot at persons at sea and in the sea contrary to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. (Question 20510/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question relates to the role of the Naval Service in Operation Sophia when it changed from Operation Pontus. Is the Navy contributing to an ongoing immigration problem and abuse of human rights, particularly in detention centres in Libya?
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7. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Chemical Exposure Report 1994-2005 will be released in order to provide former members of the Air Corps who are now chronically ill with information relating to the level of exposure they suffered in view of his recent call for candour and transparency in cases regarding the health of persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20216/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - State Claims Agency)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This relates to a matter that has been ongoing for a while. Given the current controversy around the checks for cervical cancer, there is a need for transparency in publishing reports that will help people suffering health consequences so they can manage future health needs.
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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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31. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeframe for implementation of the recent decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the collective bargaining rights of Defence Forces personnel. (Question 10465/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: What steps does the Department intend to take following the decision in February by the European Committee of Social Rights on the granting of collective bargaining rights to members of the Defence Forces? How does the Minister of State intend to implement the decision?
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37. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the development of a new anti-malarial drug, tafenoquine (details supplied); the measures he will take to ensure that this drug is safe; and his plans to ensure that it is not prescribed to Defence Forces personnel unless it has been established that it is appropriate for prescription. (Question 10200/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is a follow up on an issue I have been raising for a number of years in this Chamber, namely, the administration of anti-malarial drugs by the Defence Forces on unsuspecting soldiers. Following on from the withdrawal of the sale of Lariam in Ireland by Roche Products (Ireland) Limited, I am seeking a commitment from the Minister of State that no new drug will not be provided to the Defence Forces unless it has been deemed safe, taking into account the exp...

58. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the implications of the decision to approve participation in the German-led EU battle group. (Question 10202/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - EU Battle Groups)

Deputy Mick Wallace: Again, we are facing the prospect of Irish troops taking part in an EU battle group. It has been reported that the Army Rangers will be taking part in their first overseas deployment since the peacekeeping mission in Chad in 2008. Will the Minister of State outline the range of military equipment that our forces will be using? How does he consider that such training and activity is compliant with Ireland’s role as a neutral country?
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2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to carry out a medical or health audit of serving and former members of the Air Corps similar to that undertaken in Australia in order to identify those that may have been exposed on an ongoing basis to toxic chemicals during their service. (Question 3490/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Air Corps)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Given the possibility that there is a major health scandal hidden in the Air Corps due to bad health and safety standards, is it not logical that an audit or survey of the health of serving members and ex-serving members be carried out to determine the scale of the health problems in Ireland, similar to the survey that was undertaken in Australia when that country became aware of serious exposure of serving members to deadly chemicals?
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7. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to publish the recommendations of the latest report of the lariam working group. (Question 3175/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question relates to the working group which was set up before the Minister took up his role looking into the use of lariam within the Defence Forces. The Minister told me last night in a reply to a parliamentary question that the group had made 12 recommendations. When will the report be published and when will we know what those recommendations are? Do the recommendations comply with last June’s Dáil motion that stated lariam should be discontinued as a drug of...

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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29. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a commission of investigation into serious allegations of an ineffective or non-existent health and safety regime in the Air Corps will be established in view of the fact that a person (details supplied) stated in their report that the allegations made by the three whistleblowers could not be adequately dealt with in the type of informal review they were tasked with carrying out. (Question 44083/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Investigations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Given that the Minister of State has now received the O’Toole investigation report, he is clearly attempting to fudge the issue as the report clearly states that the issues raised by the whistleblowers could not be adequately addressed. In light of this, will the Minister of State now set up an inquiry into the virtually non-existent health and safety regime in the Air Corps? In the past this absence of a regime exposed hundreds of Air Corps members to highly toxic, d...

35. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has considered the reintroduction of the fixed period promotion and service commitment scheme which were successful initiatives up to their withdrawal by his Department in 2013.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44023/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Given the major shortfalls emerging in the Defence Forces at certain grades, will the Minister of State consider the reintroduction of at least one mechanism that worked in the past, namely, the fixed period promotion and service commitment scheme, which was done away with by the Department in 2013?
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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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29. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether it is credible that all copies of the reports of inspections into health and safety at Casement Aerodrome in the 1990s sent by Forbairt to the Department of Defence in 1995, 1997 and 1998 have disappeared; his further views on the position of military authorities whose lack of concern at their disappearance is matched by their inaction when informed the reports were missing; if he will initiate an independent probe into the disappearance of these reports which whistleblowers claim in a protected disclosure were to be shredded on the orders of a named official; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32215/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Health and Safety Inspections)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Does the Minister of State seriously want us to believe that at least four health and safety reports into conditions in workshops etc. at the Air Corps’ Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, County Dublin, have just vanished in an organisation that is scrupulous in retaining files? It is inexcusable that no investigation into the disappearance has been initiated even though we know that at least two of the files were scheduled for shredding.
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33. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when he plans to award medals to the surviving veterans and next of kin of the deceased veterans who served with distinction during the siege of Jadotville in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1961; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32263/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Military Medals)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question arises from a welcome announcement that was made by the Minister of State in June. When I asked the Minister of State about this matter on 21 June last, he said he was not sure whether legislation was required to issue medals to the survivors of the siege of Jadotville and the families of those who fought there but have since died.
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36. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department contacted the companies or persons that carried out the 1990s safety reports into aspects of the Air Corps’ safety procedures at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, on behalf of the State agency Forbairt in order to ascertain if they might still have copies of the reports that his Department claims to have lost. (Question 32262/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Air Corps Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This is a simple question and, to some degree, a follow-up to an earlier question. It seeks to nail down what actions the Minister, the military authorities or his Department have taken to track down at least four health and safety reports on Air Corps installations which were carried out in the 1990s and have vanished. Are we to depend on the Irish Examiner’s Joe Leogue’s investigative journalistic skills to unearth more information, as has been the case to date?
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41. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on efforts by France and Germany to get EU member states to sign up to a new pan-EU defence scheme; if he will attend the ministerial conference in Paris on 13 July 2017 when this matter will be discussed; and if Ireland will reject the plans for a pan-EU defence scheme and refuse to participate or contribute to the scheme. (Question 32265/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Common Security and Defence Policy)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question concerns the conference that the Minister of State is scheduled to attend later this week. What are his views on the efforts by France and Germany to get other EU member states to sign up to an EU defence scheme? Will he comment on that and will he reiterate Ireland’s rejection of such plans and our refusal to co-operate, contribute or participate in such a scheme?
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62. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reinstigate an Oireachtas decade of centenaries committee under the auspices of her office, as was the practice before (details supplied). (Question 22975/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Is ceist an-simplí í seo. I do not know which of the two Ministers are in charge now. This question was submitted over a month ago. When will the Minister reinstigate the Oireachtas decade of commemorations committee which has operated in some form or other since 2006?
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32. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a decision was taken in 2016 to prioritise the ministerial air transport service over the provision of top cover for search and rescue missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23355/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Ministerial Transport)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The Minister of State is fresh from his top billing on ‘Prime Time’ last night. Will he account for and elaborate on the decision to prioritise ministerial air transport over and above search and rescue or air ambulance services, including air transport for children needing organ transplants?
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2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Air Corps was requested to provide top cover for Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 during its ill-fated mission off the County Mayo coast; if its inability to assist in the search-and-recovery mission was directly attributable to cuts which have reduced the number of air traffic controllers and other experienced personnel to the point that the Air Corps can no longer operate on a 24-hour basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15539/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Air Corps Strength)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I want to express my sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the crew the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, R116, Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby. Guím suaimhneas síoraí orthu.
Was the Air Corps requested to provide top cover for Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 during its ill-fated rescue mission off the County Mayo coast which led to the deaths of the four brave responders? Was the Air Corps inability to assist in the search and recov...

36. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the length of time he, his Department and the military authorities have been aware of the issues highlighted by the protected disclosures made by former and serving members of the Air Corps into the health and safety and working conditions in Casement Aerodrome; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7648/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: My question asks how long the Minister, his Department and the Air Corps authorities been aware of the major health and safety issues related to the handling of, and exposure to, chemicals for personnel stationed at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.
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41. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the investigations into ten cases of bullying and sexual harassment by members of the Defence Forces that have been reported in the past two years; his views on claims by the soldiers’ representative groups that the actual numbers of complaints could be much higher; and the efforts that have been made to put in place better procedures and protocols that will reduce the amount of time it takes to investigate a complaint. (Question 7302/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Investigations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question refers to ten cases of bullying and sexual harassment reported by members of the Defence Forces. What is the status of those cases? Does the Minister of State believe the contention of the soldiers’ representative organisations that it could be much higher?
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44. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the military authorities did not act on foot of the first Health and Safety Authority report into the handling of dangerous and carcinogenic materials by Air Corps personnel without the appropriate protective clothing, adequate training or basic equipment, instead of waiting for the final report, thus prolonging the exposure of personnel at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. (Question 7298/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Air Corps Equipment)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: We dealt earlier today with the questions on what has occurred for many decades in Baldonnel Aerodrome. I ask once again that the Minister of State take the required action to ensure protective clothing is provided and every single step is taken to ensure the current serving members of the Air Corps are protected.
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29. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will be attending the meeting of the European Council of Ministers in Brussels on 15 December 2016; and the Government’s position on the European Commission’s European defence action plan which is to be discussed there. (Question 39978/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - European Defence Action Plan)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: What are the implications for Ireland of the European defence action plan? Clearly, the EU is facing an unprecedented set of security challenges both within its borders and outside. It is my view that this plan is a reaction to those threats. I would like a statement from the Minister of State please. 
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13. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the role of Defence Force personnel serving with the EU Training Mission in Mali, EUTM Mali, and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33874/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: My question concerns members of the Defence Forces serving in the EU training mission in Mali, which the Minister of State visited recently. He stated that they were an essential partner in the reconstruction of the Malian state and the main instrument for the reconstruction of its armed force. Why are Irish troops providing training and mentoring to the Malian armed forces when the same army has been responsible for well-documented human rights abuses during the civi...

15. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met representatives of the group, Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers, or if he will confirm the date when he will be meeting the group. (Question 33875/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: In a previous debate with me on Lariam, the Minister of State said he had no problem meeting one of the groups that has been active on this matter, Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers. Has he met representatives of that group and if not, when can he meet them?
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