57. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the recent decision of the European Committee of Social Rights regarding the entitlement of Defence Forces members to better collective bargaining and negotiating rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10384/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 67 together.
The European Committee of Social Rights has considered a complaint submitted by EUROMIL, a European umbrella body for military associations, on behalf of PDFORRA, concerning the lack of certain rights for military representative associations in Ireland.
In a non-binding ruling, the Committee has concluded that prohibiting military personnel from the right to strike was not in ...

248. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a general pay increase and-or pay restoration is planned for Army rangers; the details on this matter; if there are payments of increases and-or restoration of payments outstanding for Army rangers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49601/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the public sector. 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 pay policy for Public Servants and members of the Permanent Defence Force.
The Defence ...

530. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when a person (details supplied) who recently retired from the Defence Forces will receive their final salary payment. (Question 48120/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have had enquiries made regarding the matter and I understand that the balance of pay due to the person in question will be paid on 22 November 2017. 
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748. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the payroll savings as a consequence of the reduced manning levels of the Defence Forces being below establishment in each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the items these monetary savings have been applied to, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42469/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Permanent Defence Force (PDF) pay subhead on the Defence Vote is fully funded to meet the pay costs of the approved strength of 9,500 personnel. Numbers have fallen below the approved strength in the period referenced despite ongoing recruitment to the PDF. Historically high levels of recruitment are currently being pursued, with 690 personnel recruited in 2016 and over 800 personnel due to be taken in by the end of this y...

1729. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the non-payment of Naval Service recruits; the number of persons impacted; the reason for the non-payment; the length of time the recruits went without payment; and the steps he has taken to ensure no repeat in the future. (Question 35252/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department is aware that there were delays in the notification of attestation information required for pay purposes in relation to 29 Naval Service recruits who joined on 29 May 2017. 26 of the 29 recruits were placed on the next available payroll within approximately two weeks of their details being provided to the Department. There were unusual delays experienced in relation to the notification of details of three of the ...

46. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the defence sector did not engage during pay talks in addressing the concerns and issues raised by the defence representative associations similar to those other sectors that agreed side deals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32507/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: Why did the defence sector not engage during pay talks addressing the concerns and issues raised by the Defence Forces representative associations similar to those other sectors that agreed side deals? Will the Minister of State make a statement on this?
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31. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his Department’s assessment of the report of the public sector pay commission; the implications for the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23565/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: What is the Minister of State’s assessment of the report of the Public Sector Pay Commission and its implications for the Defence Forces? Will the Minister of State make a statement on this?
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1340. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence will make a decision regarding the payment of an Army Ranger wing allowance that was the subject of an arbitration in 2010 (details supplied). (Question 13805/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): On 27th September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded an increase in the Army Ranger Wing allowance. This award is backdated to 1 June 2006. The Adjudicator’s Findings cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of Sections 2 and 5 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009. This adjudication is part of t...