30. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department will match the offers made by the Department of Justice and Equality to settle the Garda pay dispute to the representative organisations of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33822/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): 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 Deputy will be aware that the Financial Emerge...

935. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the total savings to the Defence Forces following the introduction of financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, up to 30 June 2011. (Question 22502/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The combined Estimates provision for the Permanent defence Force (PDF) pay and allowance subheads within Vote 36 reduced from €520.8m in 2009 to €474.6m in 2011, a total reduction of €46.2m; see table below. This was largely as a result of the application of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts.
 Year Reductions 2009-2010 €39.8m 2010-2011 €6.4m 

In respect of the Public Service Pension-related Deducti...

936. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 568 of 28 June 2016, the number of persons affected by the adjudicator’s findings referred to. (Question 22503/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): I propose to take Questions Nos. 936 and 937 together.
Regarding the increase in Technical Pay for Cooks, based on a current strength figure for Cooks of 231, the approximate annual cost of implementing the Adjudicator’s findings is €162,000.
In respect of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), no information can be released that could identify the strength of the ARW as this information is operationally confidential.
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937. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 568 of 28 June 2016, the amount it would have cost the State to ratify the adjudicator’s findings. (Question 22504/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): I propose to take Questions Nos. 936 and 937 together.
Regarding the increase in Technical Pay for Cooks, based on a current strength figure for Cooks of 231, the approximate annual cost of implementing the Adjudicator’s findings is €162,000.
In respect of the Army Ranger Wing (ARW), no information can be released that could identify the strength of the ARW as this information is operationally confidential.
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938. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 568 of 28 June 2016, in light of the fact that the review mechanism referred to is about balancing expenditure with sustainable savings and of the fact that a lot more money has been saved than spent, to outline the ongoing consideration within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the review mechanism. (Question 22505/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The information sought by the Deputy relates to outstanding adjudication findings which cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of Sections 2 and 5 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009. Paragraph 5.3 of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018, known as the Lansdowne Road Agreement, states that “The Parties have agreed that any outstanding adjudications as referred to in paragraph...

568. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence why he has not made payments to Army rangers and cooks which were due to be awarded under an adjudication process, given that the public finances have been restored to stability. (Question 18165/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): On 27th September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded increases in the Army Ranger Wing allowance and in technical pay to cooks. These awards are backdated to 1 June 2006. The Adjudicator’s Findings cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of Sections 2 and 5 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009.
These two a...

574. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will respond to allegations that some members of the Defence Forces serving on missions, such as Operation Pontus in the Mediterranean, are being paid less than the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17052/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The pay structures and conditions of service of members of the Permanent Defence Force contain professional and technical remuneration elements in addition to allowances in the nature of pay which reflect the unique aspects of military life both at home and abroad. As such, the non-standard time and attendance patterns of military personnel and the rates of remuneration associated with a wide spectrum of dut...

1221. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the pay of rank and file soldiers and to report on engagement with the representative organisations of soldiers in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10658/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): 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 Deputy will be aware that the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Inter...

334. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Defence to outline the status of outstanding tech pay to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9. (Question 5944/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 27th September 2010 the Adjudicator under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force awarded an increase in technical pay to cooks. The award is backdated to 1 June 2006 and the Department of Defence estimates that the cost per annum of the award will be approx €266,000. The adjudication is one of the outstanding adjudication findings covered under para 1.16 of the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014.  Paragra...

337. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Defence his plans to address cuts to the salaries and expenses of Defence Forces personnel. (Question 6111/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - 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. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2013 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (Lansdowne Road Agreement) define current pay policy.
Under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (Lansd...

257. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 310 of 17 November 2015, if payment to the recruits will stand as at 23 September 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2933/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Permanent Defence Force (PDF) recruits in question reported to 1 Mechanised Infantry Company, Curragh Camp on 23 September 2013 and on reporting were accommodated and rationed in the Defence Forces Training Centre. However, the recruits in question were not attested to the PDF until 24 September 2013. A claim regarding this matter has been received through the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for Members of the PDF and that claim is now under c...

157. Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Finance if he will outline the status of the PDFORRA claim to the Revenue Commissioners for a flat rate expenses allowance under section 114 of the Tax Consolidation Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1930/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The legislation governing the deductibility of expenses incurred in employment, as set out in section 114 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, provides that, for an expense to qualify as a deduction against income from an office or employment, the expense must be wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred in the performance of the duties of the office or employment.
For ease of administration, where a large number of employees incur similar qualify...