6. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to stop the purchase of Israeli-made drones by the Defence Forces. (Question 20430/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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8. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of contracts with Israel for the purchase of arms to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20432/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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35. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the contracts for purchase of arms by his Department, whether one-off or continual, to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20434/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Contracts)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The primary focus for the procurement of defensive equipment, including weaponry and ammunition by the Department of Defence is to maintain the capability of the Defence Forces to fulfil the roles as assigned by Government. This includes undertaking overseas Peace Support Operations, and in this regard to afford the greatest possible force protection to Irish troops whilst on all missions. Equipment priorities for the Army, Nava...

36. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of purchase of Israeli-made drones to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20431/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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44. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the current pay proposals for the public sector will deal with endemic low pay in the Defence Forces; if he will be seeking special arrangements for the Defence Forces to insure an end to low pay and reliance on FIS among those in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32596/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 44, 50 and 59 together. 
Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in each part of the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to levels of pay available in related public sector employments. 
The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the Lansdowne Road Agreement) define current pa...

63. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to meet with PDFORRA; his views on the right of the Defence Forces to have a representative body to discuss issues such as low pay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32597/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 63 together.
The Defence (Amendment) Act 1990 and Defence Force Regulations (DFR) provide for the establishment of representative associations for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The associations that have since been established are RACO (for commissioned officers) and PDFORRA (for enlisted personnel). 
A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) for members of the Permanent D...

23. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the total cost of the defence budget as a percentage of GDP in 2015. (Question 33816/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Defence expenditure for 2015, in respect of Vote 35 (Army Pensions) and Vote 36 (Defence), was €898m which is 0.35% of GDP. The expenditure for 2015 was comprised of some €671m in Defence expenditure and €227m in Army Pensions expenditure. 
On the Defence Vote, some €459m was expended on the pay and allowances of Defence Forces personnel, civilian employees and civil servants of the Department.
With regard...

33. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will consider launching a full investigation into possible negative health effects of drugs used on members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33817/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): At the outset, I want to assure the deputy that the military authorities and I place high priority on the health and welfare of the men and women of the Defence Forces.
The provision of medicines is an integral part of the medical service provided to members of the Defence Forces. I am informed that the range of medications used by the Defence Forces, and the effects of those medications, is kept under revie...

24. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence for details of the oversight by Dáil Éireann of the participation of Irish troops in a British-led EU battle group in May 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16650/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - EU Battle Groups)

Deputy Gino Kenny: Will the Minister for Defence provide details of the oversight by Dáil Éireann of a participation of Irish troops in a British-led EU battle group in May 2016, and will he make a statement on the matter?
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