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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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 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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20. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on the recent visit of the Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces to Lithuania. (Question 29112/13 asked on 18 Jun 2013 - Defence Forces Personnel Official Visits)

(Deputy Alan Shatter): The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán McCann, paid an official visit to Lithuania during the period 28 May to 1 June 2013. His visit was conducted in the context of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union as part of the 18 month Trio programme of Ireland, Lithuania and Greece. The visit afforded the Chief of Staff the opportunity to call on the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, where he met the Minister of National Def...