25. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to improve the pay and conditions of Defence Forces members. (Question 20422/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 32 and 34 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by reference to, inter alia, relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. Defence Forces pay is increasing in line with recent public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. 
Members of the De...

528. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when Army personnel awaiting tech three payments can expect payment to issue; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some personnel have not received their payments despite their entitlement for same for ten years; the way in which these payments will be dealt with from a tax perspective in view to the fact they should have been paid regularly as opposed to a lump sum payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47868/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) provides a formal mechanism for the PDF Representative Associations, RACO and PDFORRA, to engage with the Official side. Having regard to commitments made under pay agreements, members of the Permanent Defence Force can make representations in relation to their pay and conditions of service through their representative bodies. Where agreemen...

96. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence if he has had talks with the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with regards to improving the conditions of the lower ranks of the Defence Forces as they are finding difficult to manage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43515/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I have not held talks with the Minister for Finance, or the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform regarding remuneration or conditions of employment in the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). 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. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector ...

154. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence if he will proceed with a disablement gratuity payment under the Army Pensions Acts in respect of a person (details supplied). (Question 28873/14 asked on 03 Jul 2014 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Under the Army Pensions Acts the Minister for Defence may, when awarding a disablement gratuity, take into account compensation received in respect of the same disablement. This is provided for under Section 13(2) of the Army Pensions Act, 1923, as amended by the Army Pensions Acts of 1927 and 1946. The purpose of this provision is to prevent compensation ‘on the double’ for the same injury. In a situation where court proceedings have commenced, bu...