21. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Defence his views on the assertion of the Permanent Defence Forces Other Ranks Representative Association that 20% of its members are on family income supplement and the measures he will take to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46634/13 asked on 06 Nov 2013 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): 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. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments. I fully appreciate that many of our citizens are facing difficulties in the current environment, ...

420. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Defence the names of those consulted relative to the change of pension payments from the 20th of each month to the 30th; if he has dealt with any hardship cases arising from this change; and if the phase-in period will be extended beyond six months. (Question 44476/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I would refer the Deputy to my reply to the House on 15 October 2013 to Question No. 294 which gives the background to this move. I should mention that when I approved the proposal to resume paying Defence Forces pensions at the end of the month, I asked my officials to arrange to have this done on a phased basis to take account of the fact that people may have organised their financial affairs around the 20th of the month. The move was then notified...

25. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Defence the reason soldiers and other military professionals are not consulted on pay and service negotiations until after a prospective deal has been concluded; if he has expressed any suggestions to the Department for Public Expenditure and Reform to include them in the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13151/13 asked on 14 Mar 2013 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Representative Association for Commissioned Officers, RACO, and the Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association, PDOFRRA, were not consulted until after a prospective deal had been concluded. It is true to say that they are not trade unions and are not, therefore, represented by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. While this means that there must be parallel negotiations with the associations, it does not make any such negotiatio...

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...

35. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Defence if he plans to restore the gratuity payment to members of the Defence Forces. (Question 6118/13 asked on 07 Feb 2013 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The recent Value for Money Report on the Reserve Defence Force (RDF) explored the options available to best support the Reserve Defence Force into the future. The central recommendation from the Value for Money Steering Committee was for the retention of the RDF with approximately 4,000 personnel spread countrywide to be based in barracks and in 16 other locations. It recommended the abolition of the RDF gratuity and re-assignment of the budgetary prov...