110. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are currently involved; the number of personnel involved in each mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48689/14 asked on 17 Dec 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 December 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 427 Defence Forces personnel to 11 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas including the lead organisation for each mission are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 199 personnel, and the United Nations...

105. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 255 of 25 November 2014, if he will clarify the impression that the Defence Forces are considering sending soldiers to Afghanistan after 31 December 2014 and that those Defence Forces personnel will be directly involved in training Afghanistan soldiers, in view of such an exercise being inappropriate for Irish personnel to be involved with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46530/14 asked on 04 Dec 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. Seven members of the Permanent Defence Force are currently serving in the mission headquarters in Kabul. 
The ISAF mission is due to conclude and withdraw from Afghanistan on 31 December 2014, whereupon the Afghan National Security Forces will take over full responsibility for security within Afghanistan.  NATO...

297. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the anti-malarial medications being provided for those members of the Defence Forces travelling to Sierra Leone; if he is satisfied that Defence Forces’ policy in regard to the use of anti-malaria medication is in line with international best practice. (Question 45836/14 asked on 02 Dec 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), formerly The Irish Medicines Board (IMB), is the statutory authority with responsibility for the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines in Ireland. There are three anti-malarial medications licensed by the HPRA , in use in the Defence Forces, namely Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone and Doxycycline. The malaria chemoprophylactic agent of choice for use in Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be Lariam. 
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3. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence if he will re-examine the effectiveness of the Irish Defence Forces in overseas missions and, to that end, limit involvement to fully-fledged UN missions, avoiding those that have been running for decades without creating peace and ending participation in EU and NATO-controlled missions. (Question 43328/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Deputy Clare Daly: The issue I am raising was raised by my colleague, Deputy Mick Wallace, on the last occasion on which the Minister for Defence took Question Time. It relates to the effectiveness of our overseas missions. Currently, we operate under a number of different banners and on a fairly ad hoc basis. Does the Minister intend to stand back and review the effectiveness of our overseas missions? Would it not be better to restrict ourselves to fully-fledged UN missions rather than the ...

13. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding Ireland’s participation in the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43289/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): At the request of the United Nations, a contingent of the Permanent Defence Force has been deployed to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights in Syria since September 2013. The current Defence Forces contingent, the 46th Irish Infantry Group UNDOF, comprises 130 troops and consists of a Force Reserve Company and support elements. Their role includes the provision of a Quick Reaction Force which is on standby to ...

15. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which it is intended to participate with other European countries engaged in peacekeeping-peace enforcement throughout the EU and-or environs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43236/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 st November 2014, Ireland is contributing 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions, in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed, are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with 138 personnel, the NATO-led International Security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo with 12 personnel, EU-led o...

21. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details on the involvement of Irish Defence Forces personnel in ongoing overseas missions; their role and effectiveness in achieving peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41253/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. United Nations peacekeeping operations are deployed on the basis of mandates from the United Nations Security Council. Their roles differ from situation to situation, depending on the nature of the conflict and the specific...

24. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding the small number of Irish troops based in Afghanistan; and the timeframe they will be based there. (Question 43268/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. The Government has reviewed and approved, on an annual basis, the continued participation of the Permanent Defence Force in ISAF. The re are currently seven (7) personnel serving with the force and they are all located in ISAF HQ, Kabul and work in staff appointments in planning and administrative roles. The overall dr...

27. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence when Defence Forces personnel currently participating in ISAF will be withdrawn from Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41252/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. The Government has reviewed and approved, on an annual basis, the continued participation of the Permanent Defence Force in ISAF. There are currently seven (7) personnel serving with the force and they are all located in ISAF HQ, Kabul and work in staff appointments in planning and administrative roles. The overall dra...

28. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence his plans to withdraw the seven Irish soldiers currently stationed in Afghanistan on 31 December 2014, as there will be mainly only US troops left on that date making the Irish soldiers much more vulnerable as the Taliban insurgents will seek to overthrow the western supported government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41262/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. Seven members of the Permanent Defence Force are currently serving in the mission headquarters. The ISAF mission is due to conclude on 31 December 2014 and the overall drawdown of ISAF personnel is currently underway. The withdrawal of the Defence Forces personnel will be coordinated in the context of the overall drawd...

30. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Defence his plans to send Irish troops to Sierra Leone in the foreseeable future. (Question 43267/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Three members of the Permanent Defence Force are to deploy to the Embassy of Ireland, Freetown, Sierra Leone to assist in Ireland’s response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The three personnel, all of whom have considerable collective experience in West Africa, will be deployed to the Embassy under the Emergency Civilian Assistance Team initiative, established by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to respond to international crises.
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95. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence to outline his views regarding the operation of Defence Forces overseas missions in the context of being involved in missions that have run for decades and failed to deliver peace and have in fact enabled the conflict participants to avoid making peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43331/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Participation in overseas peacekeeping missions is a key element of Ireland’s foreign policy and has been an important dimension in meeting Ireland’s international obligations as a member of the UN and the EU. Irish foreign policy is directed at supporting co-operative arrangements for collective security through the development of international organisations, especially the United Nations, and supporting effective international action in areas such a...

101. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to set out the extent to which any further cause for overseas deployment of Irish peacekeeping missions has been received or is being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43730/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.
As of 01 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, and the...

102. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to detail the number and location of various deployments of the Defence Forces at present; whether these are under EU UN or joint management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43731/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.
As of 01 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, and the...

285. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding Irish troops in Syria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35647/14 asked on 11 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): In September 2013, a contingent of the Permanent Defence Force was deployed to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at the request of the United Nations. UNDOF was established on 31 May 1974 under UN Security Council Resolution 350 (1974). The current Defence Forces contingent, the 46th Irish Infantry Group UNDOF, comprises 130 troops and consists of a Force Reserve Company and support elements. Their role includes the provision ...

412. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position regarding the triple lock system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35641/14 asked on 07 Oct 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The conditions under which Irish military personnel may be deployed for service outside the State as part of an International Force, referred to as the ‘triple lock’ mechanism, are set down in the Defence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act of 1960 as amended by the Defence (Amendment) Act of 2006. The service must be as part of an International United Nations Force as defined by the legislation; it must be approved by the Government; and, w...

28. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Defence the number of Permanent Defence Forces personnel currently serving on overseas missions; the type and location of each mission, including the lead organisation; if authorisation for participation is kept under review in view of the changing security context at various locations; if he will provide the procedures that would be followed for the withdrawal of personnel if the risks involved exceeded acceptable levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34554/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 8 September 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 422 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas including the lead organisation for each mission are listed in the following tabular statement.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 197 personnel, an...

525. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide, in tabular form, the amount of money owed to the State by the United Nations for the provision of each of the peace keeping operations conducted by the Defence Forces overseas, including both ongoing missions and those that have concluded but where money is still owed to the State by the United Nations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33953/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only missions, for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, are the United Nations Interim ...

526. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are currently involved; the number of personnel involved in each mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32385/14 asked on 17 Jul 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 01 July 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 416 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 199 personnel, and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UND...

162. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which payment has been made in full in respect of Defence Force deployments overseas with the UN or EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20808/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only missions, for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, are th...

164. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which further overseas deployment of the Defence Forces with the UN are envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20810/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together. 
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with ...

165. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the degree to which the Naval Service and Air Corps have been involved in overseas deployment on foot of EU-UN missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20811/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together. 
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with ...

7. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the plans in place for the Defence Forces to undertake more active conflict resolution as distinct from peacekeeping; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20043/14 asked on 07 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Since before I was born, the Defence Forces have been distinguishing themselves internationally in their peace support operations. This question seeks to promote the idea that the capacity exists, in consultation with the Department of Finance, for our Defence Forces to play an even greater role in terms of conflict resolution. What are the plans of the Minister and his Department in this regard?
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12. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence the numbers of Defence Forces personnel currently serving overseas; and the number and details of the missions involved. (Question 20062/14 asked on 07 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 24 together.
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 192 personnel, and the Unite...

24. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if the Defence Forces will undertake any new overseas missions during the remainder of 2014; the number of missions that have concluded thus far in 2014; the details of same; the number that will conclude during the remainder of 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20046/14 asked on 07 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 24 together.
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 192 personnel, and the Unite...