19. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel deployments both nationally and in County Louth with reference to Storm Emma. (Question 20425/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In accordance with the Framework for Major Emergency Management, primary responsibility for responding to a severe weather event rests with the three designated Principal Response Agencies, namely the relevant Local Authority, An Garda Siochána, and the Health Service Executive. The Defence Forces provide the fullest possible assistance to the appropriate Lead Department in the event of a natural disaster or an emergency in its...

65. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he has had discussions at EU and UN level with regard to future deployment of the Defence Forces overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20732/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 May 2018, Ireland is contributing 637 personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 369 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 138 personnel. 
Other missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the...

36. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of times the Defence Forces engaged in aid to the civil power duties with regard to US military aircraft present at Shannon Airport during 2017; the number of Defence Forces personnel involved; the cost of these engagements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10383/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Mick Wallace: I remind the Minister of State of a definition of democracy, that we can say what we like but we will do what we are told. When Alan Shatter was Minister for Justice, he claimed that the Garda Síochána had no role in the inspection of foreign state or military aircraft at Shannon or other airports because they enjoy sovereign immunity. In effect, this means the Government allows the US military to take whatever or whoever it wants through Ireland, regardless of the human r...

166. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to participate with other European countries engaged in peace keeping and or peace enforcement throughout the EU and other countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13115/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 March 2018, Ireland is contributing 586 personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 377 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 135 personnel. 
Other missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are t...

116. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there are barracks duties in the Dublin area that soldiers from other units outside of the Dublin area must travel to in order to carry them out. (Question 8621/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have been advised by the military authorities that, for the most part, personnel are only deployed within their own brigade area. 
Occasionally, personnel from outside Dublin, are deployed for security operations to other locations, including Dublin which is a key centre for large scale operations and ceremonial activity for the Defence Forces. It is important that military personnel have experience of the full range of duties...

270. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a matter (details supplied) is being expedited. (Question 52093/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have been advised by the military authorities that the conditions enabling the posting of the individual concerned to Kilworth Camp, with effect from 20 Nov ember 2017, have been approved by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support).
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438. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if members of the Defence Forces have been deployed to the Baltic states in the past year; and his plans to dispatch military personnel to the Baltic region. (Question 44991/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Ireland has not deployed any members of the Permanent Defence Forces to the Baltic States in the past year . Ireland currently has no plans to dispatch military personnel to the Baltic region.
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2111. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the deployment of the Defence Forces to aid flood relief efforts in County Donegal was delayed by up to six hours due to a dispute between his Department and the local authority over the issuing public indemnity insurance. (Question 37941/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following the recent flooding in Donegal the Defence Forces were deployed to provided Aid to the Civil Authority (ATCA) assistance to Donegal County Council on foot of a request from the Council. 
I can confirm that the issue of insurance cover for the Defence Forces did not arise in relation to this deployment. The Defence Forces are indemnified by the State Claims Agency when deployed in their role of ATCA.
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32. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of times the Defence Forces have been called on to perform aid to the civil power duties at Shannon airport to date in 2017; his plans to make changes to the arrangements whereby the Defence Forces provide aid to the civil power at the airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32619/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Mick Wallace: Ireland, sadly, has been sponsoring the US war of terror and aggression in the Middle East, Afghanistan, northern Africa and beyond for 16 years now. Different Governments in that time have found it difficult to admit that we are complicit in what is happening. We cannot for one second say we are neutral any more, given that we are allowing Shannon to be used as a US military base for the region in which they have caused untold destruction.
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34. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the Defence Forces’ participation in the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32510/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: It appears from reports we are hearing back from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights that a full-scale offensive is taking place in Quneitra. Since I tabled this question last week, it has emerged in media reports that heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base in the Golan Heights and that mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. I understand that during five days of intense local fighting, Irish troops were forced to take cover...

35. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Question No. 7 of 29 March 2017, the details of the engagements he has had at UN level regarding the ongoing deployment of Irish peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, particularly regarding the merits of this operation and its long-term effects on the region; his views on whether the UNDOF peacekeeping mission could be facilitating the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation in the region, particularly in view of the calls from members of the Israeli Government to increase the Israeli settler population in the Golan Heights by 100,000 over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32521/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: It appears from reports we are hearing back from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights that a full-scale offensive is taking place in Quneitra. Since I tabled this question last week, it has emerged in media reports that heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base in the Golan Heights and that mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. I understand that during five days of intense local fighting, Irish troops were forced to take cover...

55. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there has been or will be a change in the mandate of the peacekeeping force posted in the Golan Heights, particularly in view of the recent ongoing fighting between Syria and Israel in the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32520/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: It appears from reports we are hearing back from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights that a full-scale offensive is taking place in Quneitra. Since I tabled this question last week, it has emerged in media reports that heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base in the Golan Heights and that mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. I understand that during five days of intense local fighting, Irish troops were forced to take cover...

68. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will begin the process of withdrawing Defence Forces personnel from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights in view of recent comments by a person (details supplied) and given that their presence is being used by Israel to legitimise its annexation. (Question 32347/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: It appears from reports we are hearing back from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights that a full-scale offensive is taking place in Quneitra. Since I tabled this question last week, it has emerged in media reports that heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base in the Golan Heights and that mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. I understand that during five days of intense local fighting, Irish troops were forced to take cover...

2292. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the role and resources of the Army Ranger Wing will be broadened and increased in view of recent terrorist attacks in Britain; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28234/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Primary responsibility for the internal security of the State rests with the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence (2015) is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) which, in practice, means to provide assistance and support to An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) are the Special Operations ...

661. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel that can be transferred by an individual Air Corps helicopter. (Question 25593/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Air Corps’ fleet includes eight general purpose helicopters comprising six Agusta Westland AW139 and two Eurocopter EC135 aircraft. Each AW139 helicopter is certified to carry a maximum of 14 personnel including crew. Each EC135 helicopter is certified to carry a maximum of seven personnel including crew.
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52. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the projected number of personnel will be based in Custume barracks, Athlone, in view of the fact that on the announcement of the Defence Forces reorganisation in 2012, the projected permanent Defence Forces strength for the barracks was 971 personnel. (Question 23323/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The current strength of Defence Force personnel at Custume barracks, Athlone on 15 May, 2017, the latest date for which figures are available, was 886 personnel across all ranks.
The re-organisation in 2013 did not significantly alter the actual number of PDF personnel serving in Custume Barracks, Athlone. In accordance with the revised organisational structures, as of 30 November 2012 the establishment for Units based in Custu...

294. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which further overseas deployment of the Defence Forces with the UN is envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23438/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 04 May 2017, Ireland is contributing 575 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations. 
The main UN missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 369 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 p...

397. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of the work that has been done by his Department to address issues relating to personnel travelling between barracks. (Question 18863/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have been advised by the military authorities that, for the most part, personnel are only deployed within their own Brigade area. However, on occasion, personnel have been redeployed for security operations to other locations, including Dublin which is a key centre for large-scale operations and ceremonial activity for the Defence Forces. It is important that military personnel have experience of the full range of duties of ...

410. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel based in camps in County Donegal and Dundalk that have been assigned to duties in Dublin on a monthly basis from the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017 in tabular form. (Question 18877/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am advised by the military authorities that in order for 2 Brigade to execute its full range of operational, training and administrative tasks, Units based outside Dublin are required to perform operational duties in Dublin on certain occasions each month. The execution of such duties provides for a shared and equitable distribution of these daily operational commitments, whilst also enhancing situational awareness of the cap...

38. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for the reinstatement of troops in the Border counties following the triggering of Article 50 and in view of a hard Border being reintroduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15430/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The UK is expected to trigger Article 50 today. A meeting of the EU 27 Heads of State and Government is scheduled to take place on 29 April to discuss the UK withdrawal. It is expected that formal negotiations will commence in May or June, once the remaining 27 member States reach consensus on the EU’s negotiating position. The negotiations themselves can then be expected to take at least two years to complete and all potenti...

43. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the current strength of the Defence Forces at Custume Barracks, Athlone; and his plans for same. (Question 15489/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The current strength of Defence Force personnel at Custume barracks, Athlone on 28 Feb 2017, the latest date for which figures are available, was 833 across all ranks.
The re-organisation in 2013 did not significantly alter the actual number of PDF personnel serving in Custume Barracks, Athlone. In accordance with the revised organisational structures, as of 30 November 2012 the establishment for Units based in Custume Barracks...

846. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 68 of 15 February 2017, the reason the deployments were so high in April and October 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9651/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for the internal security of the State. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power which, in practice, means to assist An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. On each occasion that the support of the Defence Forces is required, An Garda Síochána issues a form C...

40. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for the Defence Forces in counties Cavan, Monaghan and the greater Border region in view of Brexit and the possible reintroduction of a hard Border; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7140/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Niamh Smyth: Could the Minister of State please inform the House his plans for the Defence Forces in Counties Cavan and Monaghan and the greater Border region in view of Brexit and the possible reintroduction of a hard Border, and if he will make a statement on the matter?
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62. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to reintroduce a new Army barracks in counties Cavan, Monaghan or the greater Border region in view of Brexit and the possible reintroduction of a hard Border; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7139/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Niamh Smyth: Could the Minister of State please inform the House his plans for the Defence Forces in Counties Cavan and Monaghan and the greater Border region in view of Brexit and the possible reintroduction of a hard Border, and if he will make a statement on the matter?
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312. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which Irish troops currently serve overseas or are likely to so do in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7759/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 February 2017, Ireland is contributing 587 Defence Forces personnel to 10 different missions throughout the world. In addition, personnel are deployed to a range of international organisations and National Representations. The main overseas mission in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed is the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 379 personnel. Since 22 November 2016, when Ireland as...