22. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding a review of pay and the other issues PDFORRA were seeking to have through the conciliation process regarding the terms and conditions for members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20429/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by reference to, inter alia, relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. Defence Forces pay is increasing in line with recent public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay.
Members of the Defence Forces received increases in pay in 2017 under the L...

25. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to improve the pay and conditions of Defence Forces members. (Question 20422/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 32 and 34 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by reference to, inter alia, relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. Defence Forces pay is increasing in line with recent public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. 
Members of the De...

32. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of plans to increase the pay of low ranking soldiers of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20291/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 32 and 34 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by reference to, inter alia, relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. Defence Forces pay is increasing in line with recent public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. 
Members of the De...

34. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of issues concerning Defence Forces pay further to recent media reports regarding submissions to the Public Service Pay Commission. (Question 20294/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 32 and 34 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by reference to, inter alia, relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. Defence Forces pay is increasing in line with recent public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. 
Members of the De...

65. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status the joint submission by his Department and the management of the Defence Forces that was lodged to the Public Sector Pay Commission (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to correspondence outlining the financial situation of members of Óglaigh na hÉireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19217/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by, inter alia, reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. 
 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 Defence Forces received increases in pay in 2017 under th...

66. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 11 of 20 March 2018, the steps he is taking to respond to the matter of pay and conditions for the Defence Forces; the challenges in the Defence Forces that the Public Service Pay Commission has been tasked with; if the management of the Defence Forces has made its submission to the commission as requested; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19243/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by, inter alia, reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. 
 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 Defence Forces received increases in pay in 2017 under th...

73. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to publish the assessment submitted by the Defence Forces to his Department in February 2018 on the loss of Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19312/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated cost of restoring the scheme whereby a €22,000 bonus was paid to officers in the Air Corps over five years if they chose to extend their contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19313/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.
The retention of Officers in the Defence Forces, in particular retaining Air Corps Pilot Officers, has been a challenge for the Defence Forces in recent years. The most recent Air Corps Pilot Service Commitment Scheme ran from 2002 to 2010 with the intention of retaining experienced AC Pilot Officers. 
The following table illustrates the number of personnel who availed of the ...

75. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the annual cost of the operation of the bonus scheme to retain officers in the Defence Forces for each of the ten years prior to its abolition; the number of personnel availing of the scheme; the rank of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19314/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.
The retention of Officers in the Defence Forces, in particular retaining Air Corps Pilot Officers, has been a challenge for the Defence Forces in recent years. The most recent Air Corps Pilot Service Commitment Scheme ran from 2002 to 2010 with the intention of retaining experienced AC Pilot Officers. 
The following table illustrates the number of personnel who availed of the ...

76. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when his Department’s submission to the Public Service Pay Commission will be completed; when the report on the issues affecting pay and retention of personnel will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19315/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

77. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the paper prepared by military authorities as part of the joint submission to the Public Service Pay Commission will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19316/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

78. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met with representatives of an organisation (details supplied) on the submission to the Public Service Pay Commission; if the views of the organisation will be included in the joint submission process; if the terms of reference of the examination by the commission includes meeting with representatives of the Defence Forces personnel, including the organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19317/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 76 to 78, inclusive, together.
In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence brought issues of recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces to the attention of the Public Sector Pay Commission (PSPC). As a direct result of that initiative the PSPC is now beginning an in-depth evidence based examination of those issues. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work ...

142. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether it is acceptable that families of Defence Forces members are dependent on family income supplement payments to cover household costs; the measures being undertaken to address this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15962/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by, inter alia, reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. 
The Working Family Payment (formerly the Family Income Supplement) provides a means to supplement a family’s income, be they employed in the public or private sector. Eligibili...

143. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for pay restoration and restoration of allowances for Defence Forces members; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15963/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by, inter alia, reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. 
The Working Family Payment (formerly the Family Income Supplement) provides a means to supplement a family’s income, be they employed in the public or private sector. Eligibili...

145. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of cases from his Department before the conciliation and arbitration scheme; the number of years these cases have been before the scheme for hearing, by number and by year; the reason these cases have not been heard; the timeframe for these cases to be heard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13881/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence (Amendment) Act 1990 and Defence Force Regulations S6 provided for the establishment of representative associations for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The associations that have since been established are RACO (for commissioned officers) and PDFORRA (for enlisted personnel). 
The scheme of Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) for members of the Permanent Defence Force provides a formal mechanism for the dete...

147. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department has made a submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on behalf of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13879/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence raised recruitment and retention issues as part of its original submission to the Public Service Pay Commission. In a further acknowledgement of these issues the Government tasked the Public Service Pay Commission with examining these challenges in the Defence Sector in more detail. 
The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work and has requested detailed inform...

33. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to address issues (details supplied) in regard to the pay and conditions of members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13039/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: Gardaí, prison officers and firefighters all serve Ireland dutifully and are to be honoured to the highest standard. However, another group of public servants also deserve to be honoured, that is, the Defence Forces. This patriotic group of public servants are not treated in the same manner as the other groups. Instead, they are paid much lower wages, are ineligible for overtime, must commute long distances to serve and are in a state of chaotic instability.
 ...

57. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the recent decision of the European Committee of Social Rights regarding the entitlement of Defence Forces members to better collective bargaining and negotiating rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10384/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 67 together.
The European Committee of Social Rights has considered a complaint submitted by EUROMIL, a European umbrella body for military associations, on behalf of PDFORRA, concerning the lack of certain rights for military representative associations in Ireland.
In a non-binding ruling, the Committee has concluded that prohibiting military personnel from the right to strike was not in ...

66. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that only 11 privates are left of the 29 that passed out of the 2015 class; and the steps he will take to improve Defences Forces pay and conditions to address the retention crisis. (Question 12524/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Given the unique and demanding nature of military life, there is understandably a relatively high level of turnover among Defence Forces personnel. This is not new and the Defence Forces have always had a level of turnover that far exceeds other areas of the public service. 
In order to balance personnel turnover there is ongoing recruitment at both enlisted and officer level. 751 personnel were inducted into the Permanent Defe...

67. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the implications of the ruling of the European Committee of Social Rights to allow the Defence Forces troops affiliate to a trade union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10197/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 67 together.
The European Committee of Social Rights has considered a complaint submitted by EUROMIL, a European umbrella body for military associations, on behalf of PDFORRA, concerning the lack of certain rights for military representative associations in Ireland.
In a non-binding ruling, the Committee has concluded that prohibiting military personnel from the right to strike was not in ...

11. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the steps he is taking to respond to the matter of pay and conditions for the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12464/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Irish public service have traditionally been set by, amongst other things, reference to levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. 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. The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 provides for furth...

16. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to provide overtime payments to members of the Defence Forces that recently worked in excess of their contracted hours during Storm Emma; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12714/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): All the available resources and capabilities of the Defence Forces were at the disposal of the principal response agencies in reaction to the recent extreme weather event.  In this regard, the Defence Forces and Civil Defence made a substantial and coordinated contribution to local efforts on a national basis.
Unlike other areas of the Public Service and due to the nature of the duties performed, overtime payments are not availa...

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...

26. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to address the issues of pay and conditions in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10742/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Irish public service have traditionally been set by, amongst other things, reference to levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. The Government’s economic policy has led to economic recovery and a resumption of economic growth. This has provided the fiscal resources to provide for a sustainable and fair recovery in public service payscales.
Defence Fo...