433. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the nomination of the chief of staff of the Defence Forces to the position of chair of the European Union Military Committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44596/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - European Union Military Committee)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following last month’s approval by the Government, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces was formally nominated on behalf of the Irish Government for election to the position of Chair of the European Union Military Committee (C/EUMC). The position of Chair of the EUMC will become vacant in November 2018 and Ireland’s nominee, Vice Admiral Mellett will line up for election alongside candidates from...