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...

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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