80. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Defence the measures he is taking to keep members of the Defence Forces out of poverty, caused by pension related deductions and various changes to tax and pay related social insurance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41213/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the Irish public sector. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2013 and the Public Servic...

17. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding the promised review of pay and remuneration for the Defence Forces; and if improvements are likely in the near future. (Question 1208/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2013 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2016 (Haddington Road Agreement) define current pay policy. In the Haddington Road Agreement the Government reaffirmed its commitment that public service pay and any related issues will not be revisited over the lifetime of the Agreement, subject to compliance with the terms of the Agreement. Crucially, there was no cut to the ba...

363. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Defence his plans to increase the pay of Defence forces personnel. (Question 1233/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Irish public sector have traditionally been set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public sector. In this regard, the level of remuneration in the Defence sector has maintained relativity with the levels available in other related public sector employments. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2013 and the Public Servic...