79. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of days spent at sea by members of the Naval Service Reserve in 2017 and to date in 2018. (Question 14702/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of days spent at sea by members of the Naval Service Reserve in 2017 and 2018 to-date is as follows: 
 Year Sea Days 2017 167 days 2018 Nil to date 
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4. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the role played by the Naval Service in the arrest of scafisti in the Mediterranean, that is persons who are forced to drive boats and then arrested as human smugglers and in the event of there being an involvement to justify same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11685/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In July 2017, Government and Dáil approval was secured for the deployment of a contingent of the Permanent Defence Force to serve as part of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy naval mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sophia. Irish Naval vessel L.É. Niamh, subsequently deployed to the Mediterranean from October to December 2017. 
In the course of its deployment in Operation Sophia last year, the crew of L.É. Niamh...

6. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will re-examine operations by the Defence Forces which support or interact with Libyan military or coastguard forces (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3370/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I seek an update from the Minister of State on what interaction, if any, the Defence Forces have, directly or indirectly, with the Libyan authorities, specifically the Libyan coast guard. I have asked many times what the European Union programme that provides funding to Libya to hold refugees within its borders is doing to the large number of human beings who are fleeing desperate circumstances. Not only do we have an extremely dodgy relationship with the Libyan coast guard ...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the LÉ Niamh will redeploy as part of Operation Sophia following its return from deployment on 20 December 2017. (Question 3348/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I seek an update from the Minister of State on what interaction, if any, the Defence Forces have, directly or indirectly, with the Libyan authorities, specifically the Libyan coast guard. I have asked many times what the European Union programme that provides funding to Libya to hold refugees within its borders is doing to the large number of human beings who are fleeing desperate circumstances. Not only do we have an extremely dodgy relationship with the Libyan coast guard ...

32. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the Defence Forces involvement with Operation Sophia; the status of the LÉ Niamh; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3364/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I seek an update from the Minister of State on what interaction, if any, the Defence Forces have, directly or indirectly, with the Libyan authorities, specifically the Libyan coast guard. I have asked many times what the European Union programme that provides funding to Libya to hold refugees within its borders is doing to the large number of human beings who are fleeing desperate circumstances. Not only do we have an extremely dodgy relationship with the Libyan coast guard ...

138. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of lives saved in the Mediterranean Sea during each of the Irish naval missions in each of the years 2015 to 2017. (Question 2934/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The deployment of Irish Naval vessels to the Mediterranean to engage in humanitarian search and rescue tasks as part of Operation Pontus from 2015 to 2017, was an important element in Ireland’s response to the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Overall, 17,509 migrants were rescued under Operation Pontus and details are out in the table below. 
 Year Deployed Naval     vessel Persons     rescued 2015 16 MAY - 1...

777. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of days spent at sea by members of the Naval Service Reserve in 2016 and 2017. (Question 54055/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of days spent at sea by members of the Naval Service Reserve in 2016 and 2017 is as follows: 
 Year Sea Days 2016 150 days 2017 167 days (to date) 
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38. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for continued support for migrants in the Mediterranean area by the Naval Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25500/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In April 2017, the Government approved the despatch of a Naval vessel to the Mediterranean to undertake humanitarian search and rescue tasks as part of a bilateral arrangement with the Italian authorities. Similar arrangements were put in place in 2015 and 2016. The role of the Irish Naval vessels is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian search and rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean....

854. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which Naval personnel here have been involved in rescue missions in the Mediterranean over the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32989/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a Government decision on 12 May 2015, the Irish Naval Vessel, LE Eithne, was deployed to the Mediterranean on 16 May, 2015, to assist the Italian Authorities with the migrant crisis. Two further vessels were deployed, LE. Niamh and LE Samuel Beckett, and the deployment was completed on 29 November 2015. During the period May to November 2015, a total of 8,592 persons were rescued in the Mediterranean by Irish Naval V...

49. Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to deploy the Naval Service on a humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23092/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Question No 49 and 64 together.
On 11 April 2017, the Government approved the return of a Naval vessel to the Mediterranean to undertake humanitarian search and rescue tasks.  The Government decision provided that the deployment is subject to finalisation of a bilateral arrangement with the Italian authorities in relation to the operation of the mission and the landing of persons rescued. 
Standard practice, ...

64. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the LÉ Eithne is due to depart to the Mediterranean; if there have been delays with regard to its dispatch; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23262/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Question No 49 and 64 together.
On 11 April 2017, the Government approved the return of a Naval vessel to the Mediterranean to undertake humanitarian search and rescue tasks.  The Government decision provided that the deployment is subject to finalisation of a bilateral arrangement with the Italian authorities in relation to the operation of the mission and the landing of persons rescued. 
Standard practice, ...

616. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of search and humanitarian operations undertaken by the Naval Service in the Mediterranean Sea from May 2015 and to date in May 2017; the number of vessels deployed; the number of persons rescued; and the locations to which rescued persons were brought by Irish vessels. (Question 23054/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a Government Decision on 12 May 2015, the Irish Naval Vessel, L.É. Eithne, was deployed to the Mediterranean on 16 May, 2015, to assist the Italian Authorities with the migrant crisis. Two further vessels were deployed, L.É. Niamh and L.É. Samuel Beckett, and the deployment was completed on 29 November 2015. During the period May to November 2015, a total of 8,592 persons were rescued in the Mediterranean by three Ir...

70. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the hugely successful Naval Service rescue mission in the Mediterranean was scaled back over the most dangerous winter months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7338/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following Government Decisions on 12 May 2015 and 6 April 2016, Irish Naval Vessels were deployed to the Mediterranean from May to November 2015 and from May to December 2016 to assist the Italian Authorities with the migrant crisis.
The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in both 2015 and 2016 was higher during these months when weather conditions were more favourable to make the journey. Irish participation in t...

316. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which Naval Service personnel have been involved in rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7763/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Irish Naval Service vessels began deployment on rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. Following a Government Decision on 12 May 2015, three Irish Naval Vessels, L.É. Eithne, L.É. Niamh and L.É. Samuel Beckett, were deployed to the Mediterranean between May and November 2015, to assist the Italian Authorities with the migrant crisis. During that period 8,592 people were rescued in the Mediterranean by Irish Naval Ves...

224. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when members of the Naval Service who participated in the international rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea will receive payment for their full overseas service. (Question 3621/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Members of the Naval Service have already received the main allowance due to them for their participation in the humanitarian rescue operation in the Mediterranean. The issue of further recompense in respect of this mission was the subject of a claim under the Defence Forces Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme. There was adjudication hearing in respect of PDFORRA’s claim in relation to their members service...

569. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of days spent at sea by members of the Naval Service Reserve in 2015 and to date in 2016. (Question 40588/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of days spent at sea by members of the Naval Service Reserve in 2015 and to date in 2016 is as follows: 

 Year Naval Service Reserve day at sea 2015 86 2016 (to date) 150 
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30. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the preparations being made within the Naval Service to address possible increased fisheries protection requirements post-Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40073/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: Are preparations being made within the Naval Service to address possible increased fisheries protection requirements post-Brexit? Will the Minister of State make a statement on the matter?
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37. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Naval Service humanitarian mission to the Mediterranean Sea will continue to be a unilateral one or if he is giving consideration to integrating the Irish contribution in wider EU efforts. (Question 39809/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

(Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a Government decision on 12 May 2015, three Naval Service vessels, LE Eithne, LE Niamh and LE Samuel Beckett, were deployed to the Mediterranean between May and November 2015 to assist the Italian authorities with the migrant crisis. During that period, 8,592 people were rescued in the Mediterranean by Irish Naval Service vessels.
On 6 April 2016, the Government approved the return of a Naval Service vessel to undertake humanitarian search and rescue tasks in the ...

295. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of boardings of fishing and other vessels for each year in the past ten years, in tabular form; the number of persons arrested and vessels and equipment confiscated. (Question 39069/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The main day to day role of the Naval Service is to provide a fishery protection service in accordance with the State’s obligations as a member of the European Union. These patrols are carried out on a regular and frequent basis. 
The number of Naval Service boardings and detentions of fishing vessels for each of the past ten years is set out the in the table.
 Year Number of Boardings Number of Detentions 2016 (up to...

40. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which the Naval Service has to date been instrumental in rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean; the total number rescued to date; if it is expected to expand or extend such missions; if he has satisfied himself that the processing of such refugees after rescue has been as efficient as it could or should be; if any changes might be contemplated in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33781/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a Government Decision on 12 May 2015, the Irish Naval Vessel, L.É. Eithne, was deployed to the Mediterranean on 16 May, 2015, to assist the Italian Authorities with the migrant crisis. During 2015 two further vessels were deployed, L.É. Niamh and L.É. Samuel Beckett, and the deployment was completed on 29 November 2015. During that period 8,592 people were rescued in the Mediterranean by Irish Na...

28. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the ongoing operations of the Naval Service in the Mediterranean Sea; when the LE James Joyce will finish its current tour of duty; and if it will be replaced by a new ship and crew. (Question 27134/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The operations of the Naval Service obviously have quite an effect in the Mediterranean Sea. Its deployment in the Mediterranean Sea is due to come to an end quite soon and perhaps the Minister of State will indicate if he is considering extending the current deployment or swapping the current ship with another one.
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48. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of refugees who have been rescued by the Defence Forces in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the humanitarian mission in the region; the length of time he envisages this humanitarian mission will go on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27102/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: The operations of the Naval Service obviously have quite an effect in the Mediterranean Sea. Its deployment in the Mediterranean Sea is due to come to an end quite soon and perhaps the Minister of State will indicate if he is considering extending the current deployment or swapping the current ship with another one.
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914. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the role he envisages the Naval Service and his Department will play in a certain project (details supplied); the funds which have been committed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23872/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The Haulbowline Island Master Plan was completed in July 2015. The creation of a Master Plan for the Island was considered necessary in order to identify a vision for the sustainable development of the remediated Island, linking industrial development and tourism potential alongside the activities in the Naval Base. It was also to ensure that the necessary remediation infrastructural works can, where possible, complement future developmen...

26. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of refugees rescued by Irish Naval Service vessels in the Mediterranean sea; if it will continue with further missions there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16707/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Following a Government decision on 12 May 2015, the Irish Naval Vessel LE Eithne was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea on 16 May 2015 to assist the Italian authorities with the migrant crisis. During 2015 two further vessels were deployed, LE Niamh and LE Samuel Beckett, and the deployment was completed on 29 November 2015, with LE Samuel Beckett arriving back in Ireland on 17 December 2015. During that period, 8,592 people were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by Irish Nava...

583. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence to update Dáil Éireann on the continued role of Irish Navy personnel, in assisting with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean; how long this mission will continue; the level of engagement he has had with European Union partners on this vital humanitarian mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17292/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Naval Service Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a Government Decision on 12 May 2015, the Irish Naval Vessel, L.É. Eithne, was deployed to the Mediterranean on 16 May, 2015, to assist the Italian Authorities with the migrant crisis. During 2015 two further vessels were deployed, L.É. Niamh and L.É. Samuel Beckett, and the deployment was completed on 29 November 2015, with L.É. Samuel Beckett arriving back in Ireland on 17 December 2015. During ...