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...

25. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the proportion of the €21 million in additional current funding for his Department in 2018 that will go towards improving the pay and conditions of serving members of the Defence Forces. (Question 3346/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 33 and 40 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set, inter alia, by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. Like other areas within the Public Service, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay and the introduction of a...

75. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to improve the pay, conditions and contracts of Defence Forces members following his meeting with a group (details supplied) in May 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23973/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in each part of the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to levels of pay available in related public sector employments.
I believe that measures contained in the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) and the provisions introduced in Budget 2016 and 2017 will be of benefit generally to members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). The provisions set out in the ...

31. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel currently in receipt of family income supplement and housing assistance payments; his views on pay levels in the Defence Forces in view of the fact that in 2013 over 20% of Defence Forces personnel were in receipt of FIS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15260/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in each part of the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to levels of pay available in related public sector employments.
I fully appreciate that many of our citizens continue to face some difficulties in the current economic and fiscal environment, including members of the Defence Forces. The Government is making every effort, within available resources...

935. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the total savings to the Defence Forces following the introduction of financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, up to 30 June 2011. (Question 22502/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The combined Estimates provision for the Permanent defence Force (PDF) pay and allowance subheads within Vote 36 reduced from €520.8m in 2009 to €474.6m in 2011, a total reduction of €46.2m; see table below. This was largely as a result of the application of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts.
 Year Reductions 2009-2010 €39.8m 2010-2011 €6.4m 

In respect of the Public Service Pension-related Deducti...

936. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 568 of 28 June 2016, the number of persons affected by the adjudicator’s findings referred to. (Question 22503/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): I propose to take Questions Nos. 936 and 937 together.
Regarding the increase in Technical Pay for Cooks, based on a current strength figure for Cooks of 231, the approximate annual cost of implementing the Adjudicator’s findings is €162,000.
In respect of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), no information can be released that could identify the strength of the ARW as this information is operationally confidential.
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937. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 568 of 28 June 2016, the amount it would have cost the State to ratify the adjudicator’s findings. (Question 22504/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): I propose to take Questions Nos. 936 and 937 together.
Regarding the increase in Technical Pay for Cooks, based on a current strength figure for Cooks of 231, the approximate annual cost of implementing the Adjudicator’s findings is €162,000.
In respect of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), no information can be released that could identify the strength of the ARW as this information is operationally confidential.
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938. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 568 of 28 June 2016, in light of the fact that the review mechanism referred to is about balancing expenditure with sustainable savings and of the fact that a lot more money has been saved than spent, to outline the ongoing consideration within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the review mechanism. (Question 22505/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The information sought by the Deputy relates to outstanding adjudication findings which 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. Paragraph 5.3 of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018, known as the Lansdowne Road Agreement, states that “The Parties have agreed that any outstanding adjudications as referred to in paragraph...

568. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence why he has not made payments to Army rangers and cooks which were due to be awarded under an adjudication process, given that the public finances have been restored to stability. (Question 18165/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): On 27th September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded increases in the Army Ranger Wing allowance and in technical pay to cooks. These awards are 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.
These two a...

17. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding the promised review of pay and remuneration for the Defence Forces; and if improvements are likely in the near future. (Question 1208/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2013 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) define current pay policy. In the Haddington Road Agreement the Government reaffirmed its commitment that public service pay and any related issues will not be revisited over the lifetime of the Agreement, subject to compliance with the terms of the Agreement. Crucially, there was no cut to the ba...

5. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence his views regarding reports of over 20% of enlisted personnel experiencing poverty; if he will take urgent action to address this problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43329/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Clare Daly: This is essentially the same issue as that raised by Deputy Ó Fearghaíl. I note the Minister acknowledged there is a problem with pay in the Defence Forces but his defence is that he did not know about it or is now looking at it. The facts speak for themselves. The level of pay in the Defence Forces does not meet a threshold of decency in a large number of cases and has to be supplemented by the social welfare system. He is correct that the situation has been aggravated by...