38. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on his recent visit to UNIFIL, UNDOF and UNTSO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20414/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): During the period 13 to 20 March 2017, I visited the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) and also the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The visit afforded an opportunity to see at first hand the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces in the Middle East and also ...

27. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the level of deployment and location of Irish troops overseas on UN or EU related missions; the extent to which further missions are planned or required; the extent to which the need for upgrading of equipment has been noted arising from such deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10722/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 February 2018, Ireland is contributing 586 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations.
The main overseas missions in which the Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 375 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Sy...

59. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces serving overseas in various locations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3679/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 January 2018, Ireland is contributing 589 Permanent Defence Force personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 379 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 personnel. 
Ireland has, in addition, pledged to the United Nation...

574. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Force members serving overseas on peacekeeping or other missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53186/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 577 together.
As of 1 December 2017, Ireland is contributing 639 Permanent Defence Force personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. T he main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 377 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 personnel ...

577. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he has received notification from the UN regarding the deployment of members of the Defence Forces overseas in the context of peacekeeping; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53189/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 577 together.
As of 1 December 2017, Ireland is contributing 639 Permanent Defence Force personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. T he main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 377 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 personnel ...

214. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the level of deployment and location of Irish troops overseas on UN or EU related missions; the extent to which further missions are planned or required; the extent to which the need for the upgrading of equipment has been noted arising from such deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44247/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 17 October 2017, Ireland is contributing 633 Defence Forces personnel to 10 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations. The main overseas mission in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed is the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 369 personnel and 136 personnel to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (...

293. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Defence Forces currently serving overseas at all ranks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23437/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 04 May 2017, Ireland is contributing 575 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations. 
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 369 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria wi...

217. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he has had discussions at EU and UN level with regard to future deployment of the Defence Forces overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15707/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 March 2017, Ireland is contributing 585 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National Representations. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 378 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force...

686. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the current level of deployment and location of Irish troops overseas on UN or EU related missions; the extent to which further missions are planned or required; the extent to which the need for any upgrading of equipment has been noted arising from such deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40145/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 December 2016, Ireland is contributing 661 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world, along with deployments to two standby Battlegroup Headquarters and a range of international organisations and National Representations.
The main overseas mission in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed is the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 379 personnel. Since 22 Nove...

212. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he expects Irish troop deployment overseas in respect of EU or UN missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34027/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 November 2016, Ireland is contributing 496 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world, along with deployments to two standby Battlegroup Headquarters and a range of international organisations and National Representations.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 215 personnel, the United ...

987. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the total strength of the Defence Forces currently serving overseas at all ranks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27441/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 September 2016, Ireland is contributing 498 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world, along with deployments to two standby Battlegroup Headquarters and a range of international organisations and National Representations. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 219 personnel, the United...

596. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the level of deployment and location of Irish troops overseas on United Nations or European Union related missions; the extent to which further missions are planned or required; the extent to which the need for any upgrading of equipment has been noted, arising from such deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17317/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos 575, 589 and 596 together. 
As of 1 June 2016, Ireland is contributing 474 Defence Forces personnel to 11 overseas missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. 
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Leb...

264. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if Irish soldiers will be deployed overseas in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3266/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 January 2016, Ireland is contributing 423 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement beneath. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 197 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria w...

21. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which he has been notified of the requirements for further deployment of Irish troops overseas, at various locations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25113/15 asked on 25 Jun 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 01 June 2015, Ireland is contributing approximately 497 Defence Forces personnel to 13 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas including the lead organisation for each mission are listed in the tabular statement attached. The most recent deployment overseas was the despatch of the Irish naval vessel, L.É. Eithne, to assist the Italian authorities in humanitarian search and rescue operations in the ...

15. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which it is intended to participate with other European countries engaged in peacekeeping-peace enforcement throughout the EU and-or environs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43236/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 st November 2014, Ireland is contributing 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions, in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed, are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with 138 personnel, the NATO-led International Security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo with 12 personnel, EU-led o...

101. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to set out the extent to which any further cause for overseas deployment of Irish peacekeeping missions has been received or is being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43730/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.
As of 01 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, and the...

102. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to detail the number and location of various deployments of the Defence Forces at present; whether these are under EU UN or joint management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43731/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.
As of 01 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, and the...

162. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which payment has been made in full in respect of Defence Force deployments overseas with the UN or EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20808/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only missions, for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, are th...

164. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which further overseas deployment of the Defence Forces with the UN are envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20810/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together. 
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with ...

165. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the degree to which the Naval Service and Air Corps have been involved in overseas deployment on foot of EU-UN missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20811/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together. 
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with ...

150. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of members of the Defence Forces that have served overseas over the years; the extent to which such service is planned for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5975/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 11, 34, 150 and 156 together. 
As of 01 February 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 409 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Details of the average monthly deployments overseas in the past five years are contained in the attached schedule.
The main overseas missions in which ...

156. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the degree to which further overseas, EU or UN associated troop deployments are likely to emerge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5981/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 11, 34, 150 and 156 together. 
As of 01 February 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 409 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Details of the average monthly deployments overseas in the past five years are contained in the attached schedule.
The main overseas missions in which ...

24. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the full extent of the deployment of Irish troops overseas; if further requests in this regard are pending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46637/13 asked on 06 Nov 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 1 November 2013, Ireland is contributing approximately 560 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement below. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 356 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander. The joint Irish/F...

129. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the strength and location of various Irish overseas troop deployments at present; the extent to which further deployments have been sought or are contemplated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47392/13 asked on 06 Nov 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 01 November 2013, Ireland is contributing approximately 560 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 356 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander. The joint Iri...

420. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which he has had discussions or communication with EU or UN sources in the matter of further deployment of Irish troops overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29317/13 asked on 18 Jun 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): During each EU Presidency both formal and informal meetings of Defence Ministers are held. On 12-13 February 2013, I hosted an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Defence in Dublin Castle. The Operational Commanders of three of the four current EU-led missions were also in attendance. Discussions were focused on these current operations and future proposed developments. Ireland contributes Defence Forces personnel to three of the four current EU mil...