10. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces who are currently serving overseas; the missions they are on; if he expects that number to rise or fall in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15525/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (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 (UNDOF) in Syria wit...

589. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence for a report on all overseas missions that the Defence Forces are currently participating in; the number of Defence Forces personnel currently participating in overseas missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17298/16 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...

594. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence to report on the recent appointment of a person (details supplied) as the head of mission and force commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL; the length and scope of this mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17303/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): On 25 May 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Major General Michael Beary as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  The appointment will be for an initial period of one year. Major General Beary succeeds Major General Luciano Portolano of Italy, who will complete his assignment in mid July 2016.
The Head of Mission/Force Com...