88. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of females within the Defence Forces who were promoted in 2014 and to date in 2015, by rank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20878/15 asked on 27 May 2015 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women throughout the Defence Forces and to the full participation by women in all aspects of Defence Forces activities. Unlike many other national armed forces, the Defence Forces have no restrictions as regards the assignment of men or women to the full range of operational and administrative duties. All promotions and career courses are open on the basis of competence and capab...

103. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel, by rank, who retired in the years 2013 and 2014 and to date in 2015. (Question 18006/15 asked on 07 May 2015 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The number of personnel who left the Defence Forces in the period 1st January 2013 to 1st May 2015 was 1,125. A detailed breakdown of these personnel by rank is contained in the table below. 
Defence Forces Discharges by Rank, 1 January 2013 to 1 May 2015 
 Rank 2013 2014 2015 Total Lieutenant General 1 0 0 1 Brigadier General 1 2 0 3 Colonel 3 8 2 13 Lieutenant Colonel 12 16 2 30 Commandant 20 28 9...