1721. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has delegated all the responsibilities of the Minister for Defence to the Minster of State for Defence. (Question 35254/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1721 and 1722 together.
The Defence (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 299 of 2017) was approved by Government on 5 July 2017 and came into effect on that date. Pursuant to the Order, statutory responsibility for a wide range of Defence matters has been delegated to me. The principal responsibilities delegated include powers to make Regulations under various provisions of ...

1722. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the functions and responsibilities he has delegated under section 2 of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1977 to the Minister of State for defence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35902/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1721 and 1722 together.
The Defence (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 299 of 2017) was approved by Government on 5 July 2017 and came into effect on that date. Pursuant to the Order, statutory responsibility for a wide range of Defence matters has been delegated to me. The principal responsibilities delegated include powers to make Regulations under various provisions of ...

1723. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the meetings he has had with the Secretary General and other senior officials in his Department as Minister for Defence. (Question 35903/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1723 and 1724 together.
The Defence (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2017 came into effect on 5 July 2017. The Order delegates statutory responsibility for a wide range of Defence matters to the Minister Paul Kehoe, T.D. 
The Secretary General is responsible for the management of the Department and is supported in this role by the Management Board (formerly known as the management ad...

1724. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of meetings he has attended of the management advisory committee as Minister for Defence. (Question 35904/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1723 and 1724 together.
The Defence (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2017 came into effect on 5 July 2017. The Order delegates statutory responsibility for a wide range of Defence matters to the Minister Paul Kehoe, T.D. 
The Secretary General is responsible for the management of the Department and is supported in this role by the Management Board (formerly known as the management ad...

1725. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will he issue 1916 commemoration medals to all retired members of the Defence Forces who served in United Nations peace keeping missions. (Question 35060/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Commemorative Medals)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As part of the Programme for Government, it was decided that a 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal be awarded to all Defence Forces personnel, both Permanent and Reserve, who were recorded as being in service in the course of 2016. The 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal was awarded as a commemorative medal, personal to an individual’s service in the Defence Forces in the course of 2016.
I met with the Veterans Organisations (Orga...

1726. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Malarone tablets purchased by the Defence Forces in each of the years 2006 to 2013; and the number of malarone tablets in stock at year end in each of those years. (Question 35110/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1726 and 1727 together.
I have been advised by the military authorities that the number of Malarone and Doxycycline tablets purchased each year from 2006 to 2013, is as follows: 
Malarone: 
 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total purchased 3,120 11,232 0 1,728 2,304 1,416 1,632 360 

Doxycycline: 
 2006 2007 2008 20...

1727. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Doxycycline tablets purchased by the Defence Forces in each of the years 2006 to 2013; and the number of doxycycline tablets in stock at year end in each of those years. (Question 35122/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1726 and 1727 together.
I have been advised by the military authorities that the number of Malarone and Doxycycline tablets purchased each year from 2006 to 2013, is as follows: 
Malarone: 
 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total purchased 3,120 11,232 0 1,728 2,304 1,416 1,632 360 

Doxycycline: 
 2006 2007 2008 20...

1728. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35224/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I can confirm that all security and cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from my Department and agencies under the aegis of my Department are fully compliant with the Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate of pay to their employees since 1 October 2015.
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1729. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the non-payment of Naval Service recruits; the number of persons impacted; the reason for the non-payment; the length of time the recruits went without payment; and the steps he has taken to ensure no repeat in the future. (Question 35252/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department is aware that there were delays in the notification of attestation information required for pay purposes in relation to 29 Naval Service recruits who joined on 29 May 2017. 26 of the 29 recruits were placed on the next available payroll within approximately two weeks of their details being provided to the Department. There were unusual delays experienced in relation to the notification of details of three of the ...

1730. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to deal with the conciliation and arbitration issues raised by PDFORRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35361/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - 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). A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) for members of the Permanent Defence Force was established in 1993 and provides a fo...

1731. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount spent by his Department on taxi and or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35485/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The following table provides details of the total amount spent by Departmental civil servants or civilian employees on taxi and or limousine fares in the years 2015, 2016 and up to 30th June 2017.
 2015 2016 2017(end of June) €7,592 €8,443 €4,368 
 ...

1732. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on his Department’s survey on whether there is a widespread concern among the focus groups that the loss of experience and corporate knowledge is reaching a critical point in the Defence Forces and that it is already affecting operational readiness and capability; the actions he will take on foot of this finding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35499/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1733. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the lack of morale within the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35500/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1734. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on specialists leaving the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35501/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1735. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on shortages within the Airs Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35502/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Air Corps Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Government is committed to maintaining the establishment of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 
The manpower requirements of the Permanent Defence Force are monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with the operational requirements of the three services. Personnel are posted on the basis of operati...

1736. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the reports that there are approximately 60 members of the Defence Forces departing each month; his further views on the attrition rate in the Defence forces; if he is taking action to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35503/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1737. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the lack of success in addressing the reduced numbers in the Defence Forces, even after his own Department’s recruitment campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35504/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force. This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with operational requirements. As there is significant turnover of personnel in the Permanent Defence Fo...

1738. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the fact that some members of the Defence Forces have to apply for family income supplement in view of the fact their salary is too low; if this issue will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35505/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1738 and 1739 together.
The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the public sector. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the Lansdowne Road Agreement) define current pay policy for Public Servants ...

1739. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the fact that some members of the Defence Forces have to get a second job to supplement their income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35506/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1738 and 1739 together.
The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the public sector. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the Lansdowne Road Agreement) define current pay policy for Public Servants ...

1740. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the finding in the latest Defence Forces climate survey that officers and NCOs at all levels raised the issue of privates’ pay; the steps he will take on foot of this finding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35507/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1741. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the finding in the latest Defence Forces climate survey that it is clear from the data available and from the focus groups that there are significant middle management gaps at barrack and unit level within the Defences Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35508/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1742. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the finding in the latest Defence Forces climate survey that there is a sense of disconnect with the general staff; the steps he will take to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35509/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1732 to 1734, inclusive, 1736, 1740 to 1742, inclusive, together.
The report referred to by the Deputy is a follow up to the first phase of the Climate Study and it further explores the issues raised in the original survey. The Focus Groups engaged in the study were conducted towards the latter end of last year and early this year. The comments quoted therein cover a wide range of issues relating...

1743. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has been asked to consider awarding a posthumous medal to a person (details supplied) who served as an old IRA volunteer; if this request is being appealed; when the family can expect a reply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35691/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Military Medals)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I can confirm that a request for a posthumous award of a medal was received in relation to the case referred to by the Deputy. 
The case was carefully examined but unfortunately, due to the absence of verified Departmental records, it was not possible to award a posthumous medal in this case. The applicant has been advised of the decision and the reasons why it was not possible to issue a posthumous medal. 
My Department is no...

1744. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he or officials in his Department or in the Defence Forces have considered a new scheme in view of the fact the anniversary of the War of Independence approaches, in which families are allowed to apply for posthumous medals particularly when they have sought and received documentary evidence from the Bureau of Military History or other agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35692/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Commemorative Medals)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In relation to the War of Independence, the Service (1917-1921) Medal was created on 24 January 1941 and was awarded in two classes: - Medal with Bar was issued to all persons in possession of a Military Service Certificate entitling them to a pension under the Military Service Pensions Acts, 1924 to 1934 in respect of the period subsequent to 1916 and prior to 11th July, 1921, and to those persons not in possession of a Cer...

1745. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the actions being taken to prevent illegal dumping on the Curragh Plains; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36019/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Curragh Plains Representative Forum)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1745, 1746, 1749, 1750 and 1752 together.
There are a wide range of challenges and issues to be addressed when dealing with the Curragh. As the Deputies will appreciate, the Curragh being approximately 4,870 acres in area is one of the most open and accessible areas in the country. 
At the most recent meeting of the Curragh Forum several actions were agreed to assist in addressing a number of the...