18. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20424/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): This year marks significant anniversaries in relation to Ireland’s UN peacekeeping role. It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a UN peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of the first deployment of Defence Force personnel to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.
Ireland has made a huge commitment to supporting peace and security in the Middle East region and has participated in the UN...

19. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel deployments both nationally and in County Louth with reference to Storm Emma. (Question 20425/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In accordance with the Framework for Major Emergency Management, primary responsibility for responding to a severe weather event rests with the three designated Principal Response Agencies, namely the relevant Local Authority, An Garda Siochána, and the Health Service Executive. The Defence Forces provide the fullest possible assistance to the appropriate Lead Department in the event of a natural disaster or an emergency in its...

539. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason former members of the Defence Forces did not receive a centenary medal to commemorate the 1916 Rising; if the medal will be awarded to persons that served within the centenary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51511/17 asked on 05 Dec 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. The 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal was awarded as a commemorativ...

468. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will provide, with regard to Article 31 of the Defence Forces Regulations, R5 (New Series) Reserve Defence Forces, October 2005, which provides for the promotion of officers of the Reserve, the number of officers that have applied for promotion from lieutenant to captain, RDF, under this provision for each of the years 2009 to 2016; the number of officers that were promoted under the provisions of Article 31(2) in each of the years 2009 to 2015; the number of captain, RDF, vacancies that now exist in each of the two brigades; the number of redress of wrong applications that have been made from those officers who want to utilise this article of the regulations to secure promotion; the reason this existing promotion process which is provided by regulation does not appear to have been utilised for those persons who are considered qualified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9525/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The information sought could not be provided in the time allowed. The information will be provided to the Deputy as soon as it becomes available.
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701. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for recognising members of the Civil Defence that provided medical care for members of the Defence Forces and the general public during the 1916 celebrations in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40192/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence is a volunteer based organisation which supports the frontline emergency services. It operates in partnership between the Department of Defence and local authorities throughout Ireland. 
The Department of Defence manages and develops Civil Defence at national level. The Civil Defence Branch of the Department provides centralised training, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major it...

101. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Defence the starting salary for new entrants in the Army equitation cadetship and the salary scale already in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8824/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Army Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The following 5 point pay scale applies to Cadets (including the Army Equitation Cadetship) with effect from 1 November 2013: €16,854*, €19,010 8*, €21,758, €24,592 and €28,270 (* denotes rates applicable when a cadet is in training).
Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. The Financial Emerg...

303. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Defence the reason for the delay in obtaining security clearance for applicants to the 27th infantry battalion reserve (details supplied); if the delay is caused by Garda Síochána or military processes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42736/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): A large number of applicants have been medically examined, fitness tested and interviewed over 12 months ago. Applicants to the Reserve Defence Force are vetted by the Garda Central Vetting Unit as part of the recruitment process. Processing times for vetting of applications in this regard on average take up to 10 to 12 weeks. However, in some individual cases, additional enquiries may be necessary and this may result in processing times in excess o...