372. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will give consideration to providing retired Defence Forces personnel with the 1916 centenary commemorative medal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18463/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As part of the Programme for Government, it was proposed that a commemorative medal be awarded to all Defence Forces personnel, Permanent (PDF) and Reserve (RDF) , who were recorded as being in service during the course of 2016. The 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal is being awarded as a commemorative medal, personal to an individual’s service in the Defence Forces in the course of 2016. It is the case that even if a member o...

1723. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Army Ranger Wing applied for a pay rise in 2006 which went to arbitration which stated the minimum pay rise was to be €50 per week backdated to 2006 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41358/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence Deputy Paul Kehoe: On 27 September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded an increase in the Army Ranger Wing allowance. This award was backdated to 1 June 2006. The Adjudicator’s Findings cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of Sections 2 and 5 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009.
This adjudication is one of the ou...

541. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when men from A Company 35th Battalion (UN Service) of the Irish Army will be honoured and recognised for their bravery at the siege of Jadotville in September 1961; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33851/16 asked on 08 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): To mark the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Siege of Jadotville, I had my Department organise and host a ceremony in Custume Barracks, Athlone on Saturday 17 th September 2016 to mark the collective actions of the men of “A” Company, 35 th Infantry battalion and its attachments. A Unit Citation was presented to the Company in recognition of their collective heroism and professional performance during the Siege of Jadotv...

89. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence if he will amend records regarding the family of a person (details supplied) who was executed in Arbour Hill 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20888/15 asked on 27 May 2015 - Defence Forces Records)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has reviewed its records in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy and I can confirm that the information provided has been noted and recorded.
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78. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence the ministerial transport costs for the years 2010 to 2013, inclusive, for each Minister and Minister of State in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44887/14 asked on 19 Nov 2014 - Ministerial Transport)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): In 2010, all Government Ministers were provided with a State car that was driven by a member of An Garda Síochána from a pool of Gardaí, two of whom were assigned to the Minister at that time. The cost of this service was funded from the Vote of An Garda Síochána.
In March 2011 the Government brought in new arrangements in respect of ministerial transport. Under the new arrangements, Ministers could appoint two civilian drivers to drive the Minister’s...

596. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide in tabular form the numbers of Reserve Defence Forces, recorded attending more than ten hours of training in 2013, in each Permanent Defence Force unit to which they are attached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7966/14 asked on 18 Feb 2014 - Defence Forces Reserve Training)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): It was not possible to provide the exact information sought by the Deputy in the time available. However, the following table details the number of Reserve personnel who have undertaken training in 2013 and the number of hours training these personnel completed broken into bands of less than or equal to 20 hours, 21 to 30 hours and greater than 30 hours.

 Brigade/Formation <=20 HOURS 21 – 30 HOURS >30 HOURS 1 Brigade 304 87 482 2 ...

597. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence the date on which the military authorities will know the effective strength of the Reserve Defence Force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7967/14 asked on 18 Feb 2014 - Defence Forces Reserve Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I am advised by the military authorities that work is continuing on the implementation of the reorganisation and the development of the single force concept and in this context a review of the number of active members of the RDF is currently being compiled. In this regard I understand that the military authorities expect to be in a position to report an accurate effective strength for the Reserve with effect from 1 April 2014. I will provide this infor...

598. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 172 of 22 January 2014, if the military authorities have or will consult with Reserve Defence Force officers before the criteria for participation is finalised; the date set by the military authorities for the finalisation and implementation of the recruitment plan referred to in that reply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7968/14 asked on 18 Feb 2014 - Defence Forces Reserve Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I am advised by the military authorities that all available Reserve Defence Force unit sub commanders attended seminars in the Defence Forces Training College in June and September of last year. These seminars were chaired by the Deputy Chief of Staff (support) and the Acting Chief of Staff respectively. During these seminars detailed discussions took place in relation to all aspects of the Reserve Defence Force re-organisation and the development of t...

172. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence his plans to maintain a full compliment of regiments within the Reserve Defence Force; his plans for future recruitment drives in that regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3058/14 asked on 22 Jan 2014 - Defence Forces Reserve Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): New organisational arrangements for the Reserve Defence Force (RDF) came into effect on 31 March 2013. Work is continuing on the implementation of the reorganisation and the development of the single force concept and a review of the number of active members of the RDF is currently being compiled in this regard. As part of this process, the criteria for participation in the RDF is also being reviewed and updated and a recruitment plan is being develope...

79. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence his proposals for cultivating closer EU/UN relations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21320/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Common Foreign and Security Policy)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 84 together. 
The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy forms an integral part of the Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. In the area of Common Security and Defence Policy, the role of the Presidency is now limited to supporting the High Representative and the European External Action Service in this regard. However, that said, this arrangement provides Ireland with an opportunity to influence the Com...

92. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence the rules in place with regard to the participation of Defence Forces personnel in extracurricular sporting activities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21294/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Defence Forces Sporting Activities)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 86 and 92 together.
As such, participation by members of the Defence Forces in sporting activities at local, regional and higher level competition is encouraged and where possible is facilitated having regard to, for example, the taking of annual leave. The level of participation in extracurricular sporting activities is governed by the exigencies of the service and no distinction is made in favour of any particular sp...

399. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence if deceased members of the Army Reserve are entitled to any form of military honours at their funeral; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13998/13 asked on 20 Mar 2013 - Military Honours)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The relevant Defence Force Regulation [A10 (New Series) – Ceremonial and Funerals – Part III, Paragraph 5 (c) and (d)] provides that a Military funeral may be accorded to a member of the Reserve Defence Force in the following circumstances: “5. On such occasions as the exigencies of the service allow, and where the relatives so desire, a military funeral may be accorded to – 
c) a deceased officer, non-commissioned officer or private of the Reserve D...

18. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence his intentions with regard to Army barracks that are no longer in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6191/13 asked on 07 Feb 2013 - Departmental Properties)

(Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 18 together.
Since 1998 a total of 14 barracks have been closed under various barrack consolidation programmes. To date, nine of these barracks, Clancy in Dublin, Castleblaney, Ballincollig, Fermoy, Naas, Monaghan, Cavan, Castlebar and a large portion of Longford, have been sold.
On the remaining barracks, agreement has been reached for the sale of Lifford and Rockhill to Donegal County Council. Discussions are ongoing on the possib...

681. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence the number of former public servants recruited before 6 April 1995 who are currently receiving a public sector pension including both pensions funded by the Exchequer and through the Local Government Fund, and those pension schemes for which he has responsibility; the age profile of those public servants; if he will provide in tabular form the numbers of public sector pensioners in the following parameters between €1,000 intervals up to €20,000 and those on more than €20,000. (Question 5888/13 asked on 05 Feb 2013 - Public Sector Pensions Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As regards retired members of the Permanent Defence Force whose pensions are paid by the Department of Defence, the relevant detailed information sought is not readily available and is being compiled at present. The information will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. The requested information in respect of retired civil servants of the Department of Defence or retired civilian employees formerly employed with the PDF is a matter for the Mi...

181. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding training to assist in returning to the civilian workforce in respect of a person (details supplied). (Question 3689/13 asked on 24 Jan 2013 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): It was not possible to provide the information sought by the Deputy in the time available. My Department is currently seeking to compile an accurate reply and I will provide the information directly to the Deputy once it comes to hand.
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14. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence if he is satisfied that remuneration levels for Defence Force personnel are adequate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54781/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14, 22 and 167 together. 
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 has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments.
A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitrat...

94. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence if he will respond to the requests of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 (Question 54954/12 asked on 06 Dec 2012 - Departmental Correspondence)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Departmental records show that all correspondence received on behalf of the person to whom the Deputy refers has been responded to. If the Deputy is aware of specific correspondence that person feels requires a further response, and he brings this to my attention, I will ensure that it is dealt with as expeditiously as possible.
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836. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Defence item 6.10 vote number 36 Defence 2011 refers to payment totalling €1,461,965 which was made to the Offices of the Revenue Commissioners in 2011 in settlement of the liability which arose in respect of the taxation of the Reserve Defence Forces Cadre daily allowance for the period January 2007 to February 2011; If he will explain the way a personal tax liability for each of those in receipt of this allowance was paid to the Revenue Commissioners from the Exchequer; if he will confirm the number of personnel involved, their rank and advise if they were in receipt of other taxable or un-taxable allowances for this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48217/12 asked on 06 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Allowances)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Reserve Defence Force Cadre daily allowance was introduced many years ago to compensate members of the Permanent Defence Force who were attached to the Reserve Defence Force for expenses incurred in training reservists and ancillary administrative duties. Historically, due to the nature of the allowance, it was not regarded as being subject to tax or income levy. During the course of a routine Revenue audit, when the Deputy was Minister for Defence...