145. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of cases from his Department before the conciliation and arbitration scheme; the number of years these cases have been before the scheme for hearing, by number and by year; the reason these cases have not been heard; the timeframe for these cases to be heard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13881/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence (Amendment) Act 1990 and Defence Force Regulations S6 provided 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). 
The scheme of Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) for members of the Permanent Defence Force provides a formal mechanism for the dete...

147. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department has made a submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on behalf of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13879/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence raised recruitment and retention issues as part of its original submission to the Public Service Pay Commission. In a further acknowledgement of these issues the Government tasked the Public Service Pay Commission with examining these challenges in the Defence Sector in more detail. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work and has requested detailed inform...