62. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the policies in place to ensure that Civil Defence volunteers are given the correct training to effectively deal with extreme weather patterns across the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12622/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Training)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 65 together.
On behalf of the government I want to acknowledge the excellent work undertaken by Civil Defence during Storm Emma and the recent heavy snowfall. Over 350 Civil Defence volunteers, using the range of assets available, provided support to the Principal Response Agencies during the course of the Storm and its aftermath.  Actions undertaken by Civil Defence included bringing pat...

65. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if training will be provided to Civil Defence personnel to equip them to deal with extreme weather events such as the recent heavy snowfall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12621/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Training)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 65 together.
On behalf of the government I want to acknowledge the excellent work undertaken by Civil Defence during Storm Emma and the recent heavy snowfall. Over 350 Civil Defence volunteers, using the range of assets available, provided support to the Principal Response Agencies during the course of the Storm and its aftermath.  Actions undertaken by Civil Defence included bringing pat...

9. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Civil Defence personnel by county; the shortfall in numbers in each county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12260/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of active Civil Defence volunteers in each county at the end of 2017 is as follows:
CARLOW              63 
CAVAN                 225
CLARE                 179
CORK CITY           95 
CORK NORTH       76 
CORK SOUTH       44 
CORK WEST         86 
DONEGAL            129 
DUBLIN               434
GALWAY              311
KERRY                 131
KILDARE              62
KILKENNY            23 
LAOIS                  89
...

17. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of counties in which the Civil Defence was not deployed or partially deployed during Storm Emma due to lack of training or health and safety concerns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12715/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Department provides policy direction, centralised training through the Civil Defence College, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major items of uniform and equipment in support of local authority Civil Defence efforts.
Civil Defence services are delivered through the Civil Defence Offi...

18. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of persons on the waiting list to join the Civil Defence by local authority; the reason for the delay in providing the training to those on the list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12716/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Department provides policy direction, centralised training through the Civil Defence College, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major items of uniform and equipment in support of local authority Civil Defence efforts.
Civil Defence services are delivered through the Civil Defence Offi...

19. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount allocated to each local authority over each of the past ten years for the provision of training for new Civil Defence recruits in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12717/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department provides an annual operational grant to each local authority to cover 70% of the running costs for Civil Defence, up to a set limit.  The local authority must provide the remaining 30% and may provide additional funding over and above this at their own discretion.  The running costs include the Civil Defence Officer salary, accommodation running costs, vehicle upkeep and maintenance, local training etc.
Civil Defen...

3. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the Civil Defence was stood down when the red weather level report came into effect for County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11502/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Department provides policy direction, centralised training through the Civil Defence College, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major items of uniform and equipment in support of local authority Civil Defence efforts. Civil Defence is funded by way of a grant from the Defence Vote. Fun...

115. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount of funding allocated to the Civil Defence in the national budget in the past five years, in tabular form. (Question 54986/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The amount of funding allocated to the Civil Defence in the national budget in the past five years is as follows:
 Year Budget (€) 2013 4.243m 2014 4.24m 2015 4.24m 2016 5.24m 2017 5.24m 
 ...

116. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the ratio of funding for the Civil Defence which comes from the national budget. (Question 54987/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence training and operations are funded by a combination of a central grant from the Department of Defence and a contribution from the relevant local authority on a 70/30 basis. The annual operational grant from the Department of Defence covers 70% of the running costs of Civil Defence each year, up to a set grant limit, and the Local Authority provides the remaining 30%. It is at the discretion of the Local Authority...

117. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the guidelines in place to ensure that Civil Defence vehicles are maintained; and the person or body responsible for ensuring said maintenance is carried out. (Question 54988/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence vehicles are based within the local authorities throughout the country.  These vehicles are operated under the control of the Civil Defence Officer who is an employee of the local authority. The Civil Defence Branch of the Department of Defence periodically gives guidance to Civil Defence Officers on best practice in this area. 
Under the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Test (CVRT) regulations local authorities ...

118. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel within the Civil Defence in each of the past five years, by unit, in tabular form. (Question 54989/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There is a Civil Defence Unit in each local authority area. The number of active personnel in each Unit over the past five years is set out in the following table.
 Local Authority 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 CARLOW 70 61 56 60 63 CAVAN 271 262 269 213 225 CLARE 156 212 214 200 179 CORK CITY 102 77 82 94 95 CORK NORTH 89 67 67 70 76 CORK SOUTH 56 47 48 49 44 CORK WEST 107 109 86 82 86 DONEGAL 114...

119. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the funding allocated in the past five years for purchasing new equipment for the Civil Defence, by unit, in tabular form. (Question 54990/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Grant funding for equipment for Civil Defence is issued to the Local Authorities on application, from time to time.  The funding allocated by my Department in the past five years for purchasing equipment is outlined in the following table.  Each local authority is also issued with an annual operational grant and this funding may be used at local level for the purchase of equipment.
 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Car...

120. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of vehicles in the Civil Defence in the past five years, by unit, in tabular form. (Question 54991/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of Civil Defence road vehicles per unit for the past five years is outlined in the following table.
 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 CARLOW 8 8 9 9 11 CAVAN 12 12 12 13 15 CIVIL DEFENCE HQ 5 6 7 9 7 CLARE 7 7 9 10 12 CORK CITY 9 9 10 10 12 CORK NORTH 9 11 11 12 12 CORK SOUTH 9 10 10 9 11 CORK WEST 9 7 8 9 10 DONEGAL 11 11 11 14 11 DUBLIN 69 69 72 83 92 GALWAY 22 25 26 31 33 KERRY ...

121. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the budget allocated to each unit of the Civil Defence in the past six years, in tabular form. (Question 54992/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The budget allocated by my Department to each unit of the Civil Defence in the past six years is outlined in the following table.  Local authorities are also allocated grant funding for equipment from time to time, on application.
 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Carlow 50,689 49,856 49,770 42,685 49,770 44,845 Cavan 65,941 64,279 66,853 69,009 66,853 70,066 Clare 89,982 87,924 84,059 92,720 84,059 98,677 ...

2081. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the fact that Civil Defence transactions are overwhelmingly carried out in cash; his further views on whether he is satisfied with the oversight mechanisms in place; his plans to change the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36907/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I do not accept that Civil Defence transactions are overwhelmingly carried out in cash. Funding for Civil Defence operations is shared on a 70/30 basis between my Department and local authorities by way of an annual grant to each authority. The grant covers all allowable administration and running costs for Civil Defence in each local authority. This grant and all other transactions in relation to Civil Defence are dealt with...

38. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position on the relocation of the Westmeath Civil Defence headquarters further to his officials meeting members of Westmeath County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23085/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Civil Defence)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: As Minister of State with responsibility for defence, I provide policy direction for Civil Defence and oversee the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. At local level, Civil Defence units are based in each local authority area under the operational control of the relevant local authority. On a day-to-day basis, these units operate under the control of a Civil Defence officer who is a full-time employee of the local authority. 
Civil Defence operat...

1457. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status and condition of the purpose built training range in use by Civil Defence at Ratra House, Phoenix Park; if structures at the range have been deemed unsafe; if maintenance and upgrade works are planned at the training range; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19184/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence operates a training facility to the rear of Ratra House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. The facility includes an outdoor training range, which contains structures and debris designed to exercise various Civil Defence related scenarios. In this context, the range is a hazardous and potentially dangerous area. The nature of the structures and debris means that the range is unsafe for untrained personnel. The sites on the ...

1239. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if members of the Civil Defence units are precluded from assisting in directing public traffic or assisting local authorities with events requiring traffic management under existing road traffic legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14156/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Civil Defence)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​By definition, a power to direct traffic cannot exist unless it is explicitly granted in law.
Under the Road Traffic Acts, the power to direct traffic is given in the first instance to An Garda Síochána.  The Acts also provide limited powers to stop traffic in the case of school wardens.
Section 91 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 addresses traffic management in relation to events attracting a large assembly of persons.  The section con...

1322. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will address concerns that members of the Civil Defence can no longer assist gardaí with assisting in road traffic management; the current situation with regard to this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14188/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence is a statutory volunteer based organisation which supports the frontline emergency services. It operates in partnership between the Department of Defence and local authorities’ through-out Ireland. The Department of Defence is charged with the strategic management and development of Civil Defence at national level. At local level, Civil Defence is based in each local authority area under the operational control of...

633. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason members of the Civil Defence did not receive the 1916 Commemoration medal; if he will reconsider and present these medals to them in view of the invaluable service that they carry out on a voluntary basis for the State (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2629/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Programme for Government provided for the award of a commemorative medal to all Defence Forces personnel, Permanent and Reserve, who were recorded as being in service in the course of 2016.  This was a special acknowledgement from the Government to the members of Óglaigh na hÉireann, both Permanent and Reserve, who served during the centenary year of 2016.  I am fully aware of the excellent service give...

1717. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will address concerns that members of the Civil Defence in County Tipperary are being barred from assisting at community or local authority events; if this is now a nationwide policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1551/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence Deputy Paul Kehoe: Civil Defence is a statutory volunteer-based organisation which supports the frontline emergency services. It operates in partnership between the Department of Defence and local authorities throughout Ireland. The Department of Defence is charged with the strategic management and development of Civil Defence at national level.
At local level, Civil Defence is based in each local authority area under the operational control of the...

41. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will make the necessary arrangements with Westmeath County Council to ensure that Westmeath Civil Defence is adequately accommodated in a premises that fully meets its needs and passes health and safety regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39654/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The provision of accommodation for local Civil Defence Units is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. This is a long-standing position which was reaffirmed in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
As Minister with responsibility for Defence I provide policy direction for Civil Defence and the Department of Defence manages and develops Civil Defence at national level. The Civil Defence Branch of the Department provides...

701. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for recognising members of the Civil Defence that provided medical care for members of the Defence Forces and the general public during the 1916 celebrations in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40192/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence is a volunteer based organisation which supports the frontline emergency services. It operates in partnership between the Department of Defence and local authorities throughout Ireland. 
The Department of Defence manages and develops Civil Defence at national level. The Civil Defence Branch of the Department provides centralised training, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major it...

497. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he will take to provide alternative, suitable and appropriate accommodation for Westmeath Civil Defence, as the current accommodation is totally inadequate, given that there is alternative accommodation available in Columb Barracks, Mullingar; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38829/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence is a volunteer based organisation which supports the front-line emergency services. It operates in partnership between the Department of Defence and local authorities through-out Ireland. The Civil Defence Branch of the Department of Defence is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Civil Defence Branch provides policy direction, centralised training, administrative s...

291. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there are any funding schemes available to voluntary search and rescue units (details supplied) as the work they do in supporting the civil authorities at a time when persons are missing or injured is vital and requires funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35540/16 asked on 17 Nov 2016 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Civil Defence, which operates under the aegis of the Department of Defence, provides assistance to the Principal Response Agencies, such as An Garda Síochána. Civil Defence services are delivered at local level by the relevant local authority. Civil Defence is funded on a 70:30 basis by the Department of Defence and the local authorities.
The Department of Defence does not provide funding to any other voluntary search and rescu...