52. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he is taking to address the personnel gaps in the Defence Forces; the areas in which these gaps are most acute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52732/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Strength)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: From the most recent figures available, the strength of the Permanent Defence Force is currently 9,219 personnel, or 97% of the establishment of 9,500 personnel. To return to and maintain the agreed strength levels, significant targeted recruitment has taken place in 2017 which resulted to date in 702 personnel being inducted, comprising general service recruits, cadets and specialists for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. Similar recruitment campaigns are being planned...

167. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of vacancies currently in the Defence Forces Medical Corps; if these vacancies will be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41061/12 asked on 27 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Based on the medical requirement across the Defence Forces as a whole, there is a current requirement for approximately 32 doctors within the Defence Forces Medical Corps. There are currently 17 doctors serving in the Permanent Defence Force and the table below shows the locations where these doctors are currently posted. 

 Number Location Director/Deputy Director, Medical Corps 2 St. Bricin’s Hospital 3 Eastern Brigade * 1 Southern ...