43. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of persons that have commenced and completed the employment support scheme since the scheme was established in tabular form. (Question 13456/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of persons who have commenced and completed the Defence Forces Employment Support Scheme since the scheme was established is broken down as follows:
  Iteration  Location  Dates Number of Persons who commenced and completed the Defence Forces Employment Support Scheme Pilot Programme Gormanston Camp, Co. Meath 20th June to 26th August 2016  25 First Iteration in 2017 Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick 22nd Ma...

6. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated full year cost of increasing the number of personnel in the Reserve Defence Forces from 2,050 to 4,100; his plans to increase the Reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12119/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Reserve Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The White Paper on Defence sets out a developmental path for the Reserve Defence Forces (RDF). It provides that for an overall establishment of the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve of 4,169 personnel, which will be achieved by increasing the Naval Service Reserve establishment from 200 to 300 personnel. Currently, the establishment for the RDF is 4,069 personnel.
The current strength of the RDF, as of 31 January 2018, is...

7. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding the replacement of Air Corps Cessna aircraft; the position regarding the replacement of CASA maritime patrol aircraft; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12152/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Air Corps Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My priority as Minister with Responsibility for Defence is to ensure that the operational capability of the Defence Forces is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Defence Forces to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
The White Paper provides for the replacement of the current Cessna fleet with three larger aircraft which will be equipped for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition a...

1. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the weekly salary of young privates in the Defence Forces recently passed out; his plans to restore pre-crash pay levels to Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11197/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.
Defence Forces pay is increasing in accordance with public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. Members of the Permanent Defence Force have received the pay increases due under the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
In addition, following negotiations with PDFORRA on behalf of their members, improved payscales for general servic...

2. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on reports that young privates in the Defence Forces who recently passed out are earning less than the minimum wage; his plans to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11198/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.
Defence Forces pay is increasing in accordance with public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. Members of the Permanent Defence Force have received the pay increases due under the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
In addition, following negotiations with PDFORRA on behalf of their members, improved payscales for general servic...

128. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for investment in infrastructure at the naval base in Haulbowline in 2018; the investment for each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1801/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Naval Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Infrastructure projects are developed at military installations as part of the ongoing Defence Forces Built Infrastructure programme.  The programme is designed to modernise and enhance the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members of the Defence Forces.  It is based on operational requirements and is compiled on a priority basis by my Department in conjunction with the Military Authorities.
The cap...

129. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for investment in infrastructure in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, in 2018; the investment for each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1802/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Air Corps)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Infrastructure projects are developed at military installations as part of the ongoing Defence Forces Built Infrastructure programme.  The programme  is designed to modernise and enhance the training, operational and accommodation facilities available to members of the Defence Forces.  It is based on operational requirements and is compiled on a priority basis by my Department in conjunction with the Military Authorities.
The ca...