6. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to stop the purchase of Israeli-made drones by the Defence Forces. (Question 20430/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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8. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of contracts with Israel for the purchase of arms to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20432/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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36. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of purchase of Israeli-made drones to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20431/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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58. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the degree to which his Department continues to monitor all equipment including aircraft, fixed-wing and-or helicopters in the Air Corps; the deficiencies identified; his plans for upgrading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20725/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces 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, including the Air Corps, is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable them to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. In this regard future equipment priorities for the Air Corps are being considered in the context of the lifetime of the White Paper on Defence as part of the capabi...

131. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of an application to install an automatic external defibrillator at a location (details supplied) in County Louth. (Question 15701/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 131 and 132 together.
My officials have advised that a request has been received to install a Civilian Defibrillator on the external wall of Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 
Following consultations with the Defence Forces regarding this proposal a number of issues have arisen which need to be clarified in advance of any decision being taken on this proposal. These relate, in the main, to the...

132. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if permission has been granted to install an automatic external defibrillator at defence sites; and if so, the location of same. (Question 15702/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 131 and 132 together.
My officials have advised that a request has been received to install a Civilian Defibrillator on the external wall of Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 
Following consultations with the Defence Forces regarding this proposal a number of issues have arisen which need to be clarified in advance of any decision being taken on this proposal. These relate, in the main, to the...

145. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the detail of the sale of all military equipment in each of the past five years; the type of equipment sold; the amount received; the date the sale occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15965/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My priority as Minister with Responsibility for Defence is to ensure the operational capability of the Defence Forces is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. In this regard defensive equipment requirements for the Defence Forces are kept under constant review. As part of the equipment planning process a number of major...

146. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the detail of the purchase of military equipment in each of the past five years; the type of equipment purchased; the amount received; the date the purchase occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15966/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government.
In terms of suppliers of military equipment, the principle of competitive tendering is used by the Department of Defence for the acquisition of defensive equ...

49. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the procurement schedule for military hardware for the next five years; the budgetary allocation; the equipment to be purchased; and the suppliers for hardware and ammunition to the Defence Forces. (Question 10201/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
The acquisition of new equipment and equipment upgrades for the Defence Forces remains a clear focus for me, and the White Paper on Defence recognises that ...

59. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for the acquisition of a multi-role vessel at a cost of approximately €200 million; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10208/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
The most significant investment of recent years by the Defence Organisation has been on the procurement of the new Off-Shore Patrol Vessels for the Naval Se...

163. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which the Defence Forces are adequately equipped to deal with emergencies in respect of which they might be called upon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13112/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 and 164 together.
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 to enable the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government.
At National level, representation on the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning by both the Department ...

164. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which specialist skills in dealing with security threats remain available to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13113/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 163 and 164 together.
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 to enable the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government.
At National level, representation on the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning by both the Department ...

29. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which military equipment, including transport, communications and procedures in the Army, continues to be upgraded and improved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10724/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government.
The acquisition of new equipment and equipment upgrades for the Defence Forces remains a clear focus for me, and future equipment priorities for the Defence ...

55. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he remains satisfied that the territory equipment available to all branches of the Defence Forces remains up-to-date and comparable to the best available internationally in view of the importance of this in the context of PESCO and in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3675/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55, 57 and 60 to 62, inclusive, together.
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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
Ireland’s participation in PESCO will not result in a requirement for additional ...

57. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the pressing improvements in respect of military hardware needing upgrading throughout the Defence Forces that have been brought to his attention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3677/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55, 57 and 60 to 62, inclusive, together.
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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
Ireland’s participation in PESCO will not result in a requirement for additional ...

60. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if is satisfied regarding the extent to which rescue aircraft fixed wing helicopters continue to be upgraded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3680/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55, 57 and 60 to 62, inclusive, together.
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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
Ireland’s participation in PESCO will not result in a requirement for additional ...

61. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which seagoing vessels continue to be upgraded in line with international standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3681/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55, 57 and 60 to 62, inclusive, together.
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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
Ireland’s participation in PESCO will not result in a requirement for additional ...

62. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which a replacement programme exists in respect of all equipment including aircraft in the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3682/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55, 57 and 60 to 62, inclusive, together.
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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
Ireland’s participation in PESCO will not result in a requirement for additional ...

135. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if Ireland purchases weapons from Israel; and if so, the amount of money spent in the past five years. (Question 2760/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The primary focus for the procurement of defensive equipment by the Department of Defence is to maintain the capability of the Irish Defence Forces to fulfil the roles as assigned by Government. This includes undertaking overseas Peace Support Operations, and in this regard to afford the greatest possible force protection to Irish troops whilst on all missions. 
The principle of competitive tendering for Government contracts is...

137. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if military equipment developed or procured as part a joint initiative between Ireland and other countries under PESCO will only be used under UN mandate. (Question 2933/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The capabilities developed through PESCO will be owned by the Member States who participated in the project.  These capabilities can be made available for CSDP Operations, including peacekeeping, crisis management and disaster relief.  They will not be owned by the EU. 
It is a matter for each participating member State to determine for itself what capabilities it requires, and is prepared to acquire, having regard to its nation...

60. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps continue to have available to them the equipment, training and personnel to meet all eventualities in which they may be called upon in emergency or other situations; if adequate updating, upgrading and upskilling takes place with regularity in all cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52918/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Defence Forces to carry out their roles as assigned by Government.
Within the Naval Service, examples of this include the acquisition of new ships under the ship replacement programme. Three ships have been delivered since...

85. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that when the State Claims Agency interviewed Air Corps personnel in Baldonnel in 2013 that its attention was drawn to the fact that personal protection equipment was not being supplied to personnel and that it commissioned the formation safety office with performing a retrospective examination of at least one area of Casement Aerodrome, the engine repair flight workshop (details supplied); if he was informed by the State Claims Agency or the formation safety office of its findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52873/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As I have previously indicated to the Deputy, the Report of the Air Corps Formation Safety Officer was undertaken in the context of ongoing legal proceedings and it was in that context that the Report was requested by and provided to the State Claims Agency. As the Report was undertaken in the context of a claim, it is legally and professionally privileged. 
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583. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which modern sophisticated technology is available to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps with particular reference to radar and GPS facilities and or other tracking devices; the availability of such technology in all vehicles, vessels and aircraft; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53195/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Defence Forces to carry out their roles as assigned by Government as set out on the White Paper on Defence. Equipment priorities for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service are being considered in the context of the lifetime ...

2097. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to upgrade or replace military equipment across the three services over the next five years; the estimated cost for replacing or upgrading this equipment; and the list of countries from which this equipment is being procured. (Question 37492/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Defence Forces 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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Defence Forces to carry out their roles as assigned by Government as set out on the White Paper on Defence. Equipment priorities for the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps are being considered in the context of the lifetime ...

847. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which modern sophisticated technology is available to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps with particular reference to radar and GPS facilities and-or other tracking devices; the availability of such technology in all vehicles, vessels and aircraft; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32982/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Question No’s 847, 850 and 851 together. 
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 Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. The acquisition of new equipment and equipment upgrades for the Defence Forces remains a clear...