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.
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43. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps taken by his Department to address the pay and conditions of the Defence Forces personnel as highlighted by a group (details supplied) in a recent protest. (Question 53034/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is to ascertain whether the Minister of State has taken any steps to address the poor terms and conditions experienced by members of the Defence Forces, as highlighted a fortnight ago by the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces, WPDF, organisation when it organised a 24-hour vigil outside Leinster House on Wednesday, 29 November.
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45. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeframe for Defence Forces pay restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53155/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Brendan Ryan: For too long, members of the Defence Forces have been treated like second-class citizens in the context of our public service workers. The Defence Forces have always been our last line in service provision. If the weather is too bad for commuting, the Army will be called in. In times past, the Army even cleared rubbish off our streets when industrial action led to environmental damage. The Defence Forces have never been treated on par with the rest of the public sector. ...

51. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps being taken to reduce the number of persons in the Defence Forces in receipt of the family income supplement and other welfare supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52906/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

57. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to address the specific issues of pay and conditions in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52968/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

64. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there is a timetable for Defence Forces pay restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52900/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

70. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there will be an increase in the duty allowance or payments to Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52901/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

83. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to improve pay and conditions for members of the Permanent Defence Force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52973/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Paul Kehoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 57, 64, 70 and 83 together.
As I said earlier in reply to a previous question, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force, similar to other areas within the public service, was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay were on a graduated scale with higher percentages being deducted from those on higher earnings. This action was one of the measures that it was necessary to take to stabilise the financial situation which faced...

46. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the defence sector did not engage during pay talks in addressing the concerns and issues raised by the defence representative associations similar to those other sectors that agreed side deals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32507/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: Why did the defence sector not engage during pay talks addressing the concerns and issues raised by the Defence Forces representative associations similar to those other sectors that agreed side deals? Will the Minister of State make a statement on this?
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31. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his Department’s assessment of the report of the public sector pay commission; the implications for the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23565/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: What is the Minister of State’s assessment of the report of the Public Sector Pay Commission and its implications for the Defence Forces? Will the Minister of State make a statement on this?
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36. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of the submission made to the Public Service Pay Commission by his Department and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that states the Defence Forces are currently experiencing a significant exit of trained and experienced personnel due to the improving economy and the increased opportunities available to further develop their careers; the way in which this is impacting on recruiting specialised personnel; and his plans to address the severe pay issues for low and middle ranking members of the Defence Forces through a change of policy that would end the practice of enlisted personnel receiving an annual gross income of less than €24,518 per year. (Question 23199/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is to ask the Minister of State what he is doing to address the severe pay issues among low and middle ranking members of the Defence Forces who are crying out for help.
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63. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason for an estimated one in ten members of the Defence Forces being in receipt of less than a living wage of €24,518 per annum; his views on the claims by military families that poor wages are a significant factor which has resulted in spiralling levels of debt and hardship for Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23198/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is to ask the Minister of State what he is doing to address the severe pay issues among low and middle ranking members of the Defence Forces who are crying out for help.
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4. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence his views on recent claims about the standard of living of members of the Defence Forces that were made at this year’s PDFORRA conference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43463/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It is unusual that the annual conference of PDFORRA would make the news headlines for two consecutive days, as it did this year. It did so because of issues concerning the standard of living of members of the Defence Forces. The question directly challenges the Minister to establish what he proposes to do about the very difficult standard of living many members of the Defence Forces must contend with.
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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...

1. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the total amount of pay and allowance and other remuneration for the Defence Forces in 2012; the total savings he hopes to make in this in 2013-2015; the method by which he will procure such savings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6409/13 asked on 07 Feb 2013 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Remuneration for the Permanent Defence Force in 2012 amounted to €459.76 million. This consisted of €424.76 million on pay and €35 million on allowances. An additional €3.5 million in remuneration for the Reserve Defence Force was also expended in 2012.
As the Deputy is aware, talks on an extension to the Public Service Agreement 2010–2014 began last month with a view to achieving savings in the order of €1 billion from the public service pay and pen...