526. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of occasions on which non-Irish registered ships and vessels have been boarded by the Naval Service following which wild salmon has been found to be on board in each of the years 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; the location in which such discoveries were made on each such occasion; the quantities of said species found to be aboard on each such occasion; the subsequent action taken by authorities following such finds on each such occasion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47821/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Naval Service Vessels)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 establishes the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) as the competent Authority for securing efficient and effective enforcement of sea fisheries protection legislation and the sustainable exploitation of marine fish resources from the waters around Ireland.  To this end, the SFPA has a Service Level Agreement with the Department of Defence to secure efficient enforcement...

1384. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the names of the special advisers employed in his Department; the names of special advisers to junior Ministers in his Department; the annual salary of each adviser; if these persons were special advisers immediately prior to taking up their current role or immediately prior to the June 2017 Cabinet reshuffle; if so, the minister to which they were appointed to; the date each special adviser was appointed with effect as stated in the government order; the date of the Government order; if they received a salary for the period before the appointment order was signed in the case of special advisers whose appointment order date has an effect date earlier than the order date; if so, by whom they were paid; if a special adviser during a period later backdated by appointment order had access to confidential material and or Cabinet papers; if they were subject to the Official Secrets Act 1963 during this period; if any persons currently employed as special advisers have not yet been appointed by order since the Cabinet reshuffle of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46465/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The following are details of the advisers employed in my office in the Department of Defence:
 Name Date of Appointment Salary Special Adviser John Coughlan 6th May 2016 €79,401 - €91,624 Press Adviser Clare Mungovan 18th May 2016 €79,401 - €91,624 

These are the only political advisers employed by my Department in the period since 6 May 2016.
Following my re-appointment as Minister of State with R...

2088. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37222/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Banking)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The costs incurred by my Department in each of the past five years in respect of credit card/banking fees are set out in the table below: 
 Credit Card/ Banking Fees 2013 Credit Card/ Banking Fees 2014 Credit Card/ Banking Fees 2015 Credit Card/ Banking Fees 2016 Credit Card/ Banking Fees 2017 €41 €275 €367.77 €413.62 €193.53 

My Department has a credit card policy in place which lays out the cond...

686. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the 1916 to 2016 commemorative medals issued to members of the Defence Forces for their respective contributions and service to the State were not also issued to members of the emergency services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31397/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Commemorative Medals)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Programme for Government provided for the award of a commemorative medal to all Defence Forces personnel, Permanent and Reserve, who were recorded as being in service in the course of 2016. This was a special acknowledgement from the Government to the members of Óglaigh na hÉireann, both Permanent and Reserve, who served during the centenary year of 2016.
Recognition of the contribution to the State by members of the emerge...

267. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the expenses incurred by his Department relating to insurance of all types in each of the past five years; the cost of each insurance policy held by his Department over the same time period per annum; if he will provide the same data for all bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26283/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Insurance Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Apart from Civil Defence, all other elements of the Defence Organisation are covered under State indemnity through the State Claims Agency and therefore do not require commercial insurance. Civil Defence is unique in that it operates as a partnership between the Department of Defence and local authorities. Local Authorities are not covered under the State indemnity arrangements with the State Claims Agency. Therefore, the Depar...

681. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to review the restrictions on the rights of members of the Defence Forces to the collective bargaining process and to participate in various forms of industrial action; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22017/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Defence Forces Representative Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Under the terms of the Defence (Amendment) Act, 1990 the Defence Forces Representative Associations are prohibited from being associated with, or affiliated to any trade unions, or any other body. Accordingly, the Representative Associations cannot be affiliated to ICTU. The basis for the prohibition is that it would be inappropriate to apply the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act, 1990 to members of the Defence Forces...

665. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8803/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence currently has the opportunity to access EU funding under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme (2014 – 2020) which was adopted on 4 December 2015 by the European Commission. The Operational Programme provides for funding of €18.5 million, of which €12 million is EU funding, for the replacement and upgrade of ships and aircraft, for undertaking Specific...

245. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of persons outside the payroll shared service centre, in increments of €5,000, in receipt of lump sums on retirement from the public service; and the corresponding amount of the lump sum in each of the years 2013 to 2015 granted by his Department. (Question 28764/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The required information as requested by the Deputy, which covers retired members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and retired civilian employees employed with the PDF, is shown in in the table. Their retirement lump sums were paid directly to them by the Department of Defence. 
The data in respect of retired civil servants from the Department of Defence would be a matter for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform,...

1949. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the landlords to whom his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25414/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The following set out in tabular format are the details as requested of rents paid to landlords by the Department in each of the past three years. 
 LANDLORD PROPERTY PURPOSE. Sept 2013- Sept 2014 Sept 2014 - Sept 2015 Sept 2015- Sept 2016 Gareth Brides Unit 2, Rathcorrick, Cavan Co. Cavan Reserve Defence Force €34,850 €19,680 €19,680 Fergal Keaveney Unit 3-4 Cleveragh Business Centre Sligo Reserve ...

837. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20576/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme (2014 – 2020) was adopted on 4 December 2015 by the European Commission. The Operational Programme is the vehicle for channelling financial aid co-funded by the Exchequer and the EU to the seafood sector. This aid is intended to assist Ireland in implementing the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Integrated Maritime Policy, and also the Habitats, Birds and Marine Str...

1219. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason an application for the Naval Service was refused for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10486/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Naval Service)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): In order to be enlisted as a General Service Recruit, applicants are required to pass all stages of the recruitment process. This includes Physical Fitness Test, Psychometric Test, Interview, Medical Examination and Security Clearance. In relation to this particular case, the Military Authorities have advised that the individual referred to did not satisfy the requirements for enlistment in the Permanent Defence Force.
I am unable to comm...

224. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the number of vacancies which exist within his Department for candidates who must display competence in the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5431/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): There are no positions within the Department of Defence which require personnel to display competence in the Irish language. The Department has limited interaction with the general public and, consequently, has a low demand for services through the medium of the Irish language. As provided for in its current and previous Irish Language Schemes, the Department draws from a pool of personnel which has been established on a voluntary basis to assist the ...

260. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the ground rents he or agencies under the remit of his Department pay, by named property, by name of landlord and by amount payable, in 2015 and in 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45052/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Departmental Properties)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The following are details regarding Ground Rents and Head Rents paid by my Department in 2015 and due for payment in 2016. 
 Property Landlord Amount paid 2015 Amount payable in 2016 Ground Rent Renmore Barracks to year ending 31/10/2015 The Governors of the Schools Founded by Erasmus Smith Esq. €88.88. €88.88 Head rent on Prior School Lifford Co Donegal to year ending 01/11/2015 Earl of Erne Estate £5.90stg Nil Ground R...

313. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence why a person (details supplied) in County Cavan was not informed regarding the application process for a disability pension, specifically the timeframe involved; and if an exception will be made to this case. (Question 39179/15 asked on 10 Nov 2015 - Defence Forces Veterans)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Army Pensions Acts (1923-1980) govern the award of disability pensions and set down time limits for making an application.  An application in respect of disablement due to wound or injury must be made within one year from the date of retirement; an application in respect of disablement due to disease must be made within eight years from the date of retirement.  The person in question was discharged from the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) on 22 Oct...

492. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence to set out the estimated expenditure of his Department in 2015 in tabular form; the budget for expenditure agreed at the start of the year for 2015; the extra expenditure or savings in this budget during the year to date; when and under what process this expenditure and these savings were approved; and his Department’s budget for expenditure in 2016. (Question 37259/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Departmental Budgets)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Budget Provisions for Vote 35 (Army Pensions) and Vote 36 (Defence) for 2015 and 2016 are as follows:
 - 2015 Budget Provision €m. 2016 Budget Provision €m. Vote 35 (Army Pensions) 221 224 Vote 36 (Defence) 677 680 Overall 898 904 
While expenditure to date in 2015 is somewhat lower than was profiled for the Defence Vote at the beginning of the year, there are significant spending commitments for the remainder of the ...

493. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence to outline the allocation for his Department in 2016 which covers the Lansdowne Road agreement; and the demographic or other inflationary pressures. (Question 37275/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Lansdowne Road Agreement)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The 2016 Estimates for Defence (Vote 36) and Army Pensions (Vote 35) reflect the provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, as follows:
- The Defence Estimate ( Vote 36) gross allocation is increased by €1 m under the provision for increases in gross pay;
- The Defence Estimate (Vote 36) Appropriations-in-Aid are reduced by €8 m under the provision for increases applied to the Pension Related Deduction (PRD) threshold;
- The Army Pensions Estimate ( ...

380. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide a list of the membership of the board of Coiste an Asgard at the time of its dissolution; the persons who, at any point, were a member of the board; and the remuneration or expenses received by each. (Question 18164/15 asked on 12 May 2015 - Departmental Bodies)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The original Coiste an Asgard was first formed in 1968. It was subsequently formed as a company limited by guarantee established under the Companies Acts in February 1987 with the Minister for Defence as the ex-officio chairman of the Board of Directors. There were no appointments to the Board of Coiste an Asgard from 2009 and the formal wind up of the Company was completed in early 2013. 
The names of the members of the Board at the time of its’ di...

149. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the number of pieces of legislation that were submitted for pre-legislative scrutiny by his Department since 2011; his plans to allow pre-legislative scrutiny for any upcoming pieces of legislation from his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12410/15 asked on 26 Mar 2015 - Legislative Process)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): To date, one piece of legislation has been submitted for pre-legislative scrutiny by my Department since 2011. I referred the general scheme of the Defence Forces (Forensic Evidence) Bill 2015 to the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on 12 March 2015.
Other than in exceptional circumstances, the Heads of Bills prepared by the Department will be submitted for pre-legislative scrutiny.
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102. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the reason there is no continuance in service for a person in the Defence Forces if they rank lower than sergeant level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48501/14 asked on 17 Dec 2014 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As I have outlined previously to the House, a claim has been received from the Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA) in relation to this matter and it is being dealt with under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force. Discussions have been taking place with the Representative Association, with regards to their claim, under a special Subcommittee of Conciliation Council. As...

254. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the scheduled reductions in his Department, or in agencies under his aegis, for spending in 2015 and the areas of spending in which these reductions scheduled to take place, to show the amount of reductions by theme. (Question 38022/14 asked on 07 Oct 2014 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The allocation for my Department for 2015 will be decided by the Government in the context of the on-going Estimates and Budgetary process. 
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601. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the number of appointments to State boards under the remit of his Department that were made as a result of applications made through the www.publicjobs.ie website in the last three years; the number of board posts that were advertised on www.publicjobs.ie; the number of board posts that were not advertised on the website but instead were directly appointed; and the average pay to directly appointed board members. (Question 4590/14 asked on 28 Jan 2014 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Defence when the Government took office were the Civil Defence Board, the Army Pensions Board and the Board of Coiste an Asgard.
The Civil Defence Board was identified in the Public Service Reform Plan as a body to be abolished. I appointed an interim Board as a temporary measure in 2011 and in this context none of the positions were advertised. Legislation to dissolve the Board was passed by the Oi...

556. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence if he will set out in tabular form the names of all State-owned or substantially State-funded organisations under his Department whose latest accounts laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas are more than one year old - that is, relating to a period ending before May 2012; and those of all such organisations whose latest accounts are more than two years old - that is, relating to a period ending before May 2011. (Question 25019/13 asked on 21 May 2013 - State Bodies Accounts)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Defence when the Government took office were the Civil Defence Board, the Army Pensions Board and the Board of Coiste an Asgard. The Civil Defence Board was identified in the Public Service Reform Plan as a body to be abolished, and legislation was passed by the Oireachtas in December 2012 for the dissolution of the Board and the transfer of its functions back to the Department of Defence. The lat...

213. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details of all pay increases awarded to special advisers in his Department over the last two years. (Question 18309/13 asked on 18 Apr 2013 - Ministerial Advisers Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 213 and 214 together. 
I have not appointed any special advisers in my role as Minister for Defence. I have however engaged the services of a personal assistant who assists me in constituency matters. The annual salary attached to this post is €56,060 which is in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure & Reform guidelines concerning Ministerial appointments.
Similarly, no special advisers have been appointed by...

27. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the moneys received by the Defence Forces during each of the past ten years for providing escorts to cash in transit. (Question 54706/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Defence Forces Operations)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The monies received by the Department of Defence in respect of the provision by the Defence Forces of assistance to An Garda Síochána in protecting movements of cash for the past ten years are as follows:

 Year Amount Received Year Amount Received 2002 €2.86m 2007 €7.34m 2003 €2.86m 2008 €7.45m 2004 €3.86m 2009 €7.39m 2005 €6.03m 2010 €7.47m 2006 €6.47m 2011 €7.34m 

 Previous to 2005, the contribution from the banks only part...

28. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Defence the number of persons within the Defence Forces and the number within his Department that are paid salaries of more than €100,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39500/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Departmental Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Department of Defence includes civil servants, military personnel and civilian employees and employs 9,799 staff. Of these, 19 individuals are in receipt of annual salaries in excess of €100,000 per annum; 4 Civil Servants, 1 Civilian Employee and 14 members of the Defence Forces.
 Salary Band Civil Servants Civilian Employees Defence Forces Greater than €100,000 4 1* 14 
*Ombudsman for the Defence Forces
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