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...

55. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the work ongoing within his Department on the proposed review of allowances for Defence Forces personnel under the conciliation and arbitration agreement; the timeframe for the review; the purpose of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52921/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force provides a formal mechanism for the Permanent Defence Force Representative Associations, that is PDFORRA and RACO, to engage with the Official side.
Having regard to commitments made under pay agreements, members of the Permanent Defence Force can make representations in relation to their pay and conditions of service through their representative ...

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...

561. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the pay scales of all ranks in the Defence Forces in an easy to understand format will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52599/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The current rates for Defence Forces Pay and Allowances can be obtained from the Department of Defence website at: www.defence.ie/WebSite.nsf/Document+ID/74BC7A8BD49284538025817F0056D023?openDocument. These pay scales reflect increases in payscales awarded to Permanent Defence Force personnel in 2017 from PDFORRAs acceptance of the Lansdowne Road Agreement in March 2017.
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276. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to improve the pay, allowances and conditions for members of the Permanent Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52242/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (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. Like other areas within the Public Service, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay and the introduction of a Pension Related Deduction was on a graduated basis with in...

280. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the difference in pay for private soldiers with years accrued compared with pay for lieutenants recently graduated from cadet school; and the reason for such wage anomalies. (Question 52252/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence Forces are organised on a military rank structure of hierarchy within the officer and enlisted personnel streams. The terms and conditions, duties, roles and responsibilities associated within each rank differ and the rate of remuneration is based accordingly. There are graduated payscales within each rank which provide for annual incremental increases. The current rates of pay and allowances for all ranks in the ...

284. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the regulations in place for Defence Forces days in lieu. (Question 52256/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

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541. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the difficult financial situation members of the Defence Forces are in, in particular in circumstances in which there are young families, due to the low pay and difficulty in making ends meet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51467/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (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. Like other areas within the Public Service, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force was reduced during the financial crisis. The reductions in pay and the introduction of a Pension Related Deduction was on a graduated basis with incr...

732. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department is reviewing the pay structure of members of the Permanent Defence Force (details supplied); if he will address the matter in order to ensure Defence Forces members are appropriately remunerated for their roles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50280/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (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. Like other areas within the Public Service, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force was reduced during the financial crisis. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 (FEMPI) and the Public Service S...

741. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the progress that has been made on ameliorating low pay and conditions experienced by Defence Forces personnel (details supplied) outlined in a University of Limerick report in last July 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50335/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the public sector. Like other areas of the Public Service, the pay of the Permanent Defence Force was reduced during the financial crisis. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 (FEMPI) and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the...

248. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a general pay increase and-or pay restoration is planned for Army rangers; the details on this matter; if there are payments of increases and-or restoration of payments outstanding for Army rangers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49601/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the public sector. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the Lansdowne Road Agreement) define current pay policy for Public Servants and members of the Permanent Defence Force.
The Defence ...

528. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when Army personnel awaiting tech three payments can expect payment to issue; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some personnel have not received their payments despite their entitlement for same for ten years; the way in which these payments will be dealt with from a tax perspective in view to the fact they should have been paid regularly as opposed to a lump sum payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47868/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) provides a formal mechanism for the PDF Representative Associations, RACO and PDFORRA, to engage with the Official side. Having regard to commitments made under pay agreements, members of the Permanent Defence Force can make representations in relation to their pay and conditions of service through their representative bodies. Where agreemen...

530. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when a person (details supplied) who recently retired from the Defence Forces will receive their final salary payment. (Question 48120/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have had enquiries made regarding the matter and I understand that the balance of pay due to the person in question will be paid on 22 November 2017. 
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434. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps his Department is taking to address significant pay issues arising in respect of Defence Forces personnel (details supplied); his views on the fact that many defence personnel have to rely upon family income supplement payments to make ends meet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44933/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The circumstances surrounding an application for Family Income Supplement, or indeed any other scheme operated by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, is a private matter between the applicant and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Various factors can give rise to such claims. The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to re...

55. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department’s allocation in budget 2018 will see the issue of chronic low pay addressed in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44030/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 71 together. 
Budget 2018 includes an increased provision of €25 million for 2018, and an additional €98 million for capital expenditure out to 2021. This reflects the Government’s commitment to defence and to our Defence Forces.
The 2018 pay allocation of some €509 million provides for the pay and allowances for a full strength Permanent Defence Force of up to 9,500 personnel, 550 civil...

71. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the items included in budget 2018 which would be of direct benefit to the salaries and standards of living of Defence Forces personnel and their families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44046/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 71 together. 
Budget 2018 includes an increased provision of €25 million for 2018, and an additional €98 million for capital expenditure out to 2021. This reflects the Government’s commitment to defence and to our Defence Forces.
The 2018 pay allocation of some €509 million provides for the pay and allowances for a full strength Permanent Defence Force of up to 9,500 personnel, 550 civil...

748. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the payroll savings as a consequence of the reduced manning levels of the Defence Forces being below establishment in each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the items these monetary savings have been applied to, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42469/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Permanent Defence Force (PDF) pay subhead on the Defence Vote is fully funded to meet the pay costs of the approved strength of 9,500 personnel. Numbers have fallen below the approved strength in the period referenced despite ongoing recruitment to the PDF. Historically high levels of recruitment are currently being pursued, with 690 personnel recruited in 2016 and over 800 personnel due to be taken in by the end of this y...

1729. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the non-payment of Naval Service recruits; the number of persons impacted; the reason for the non-payment; the length of time the recruits went without payment; and the steps he has taken to ensure no repeat in the future. (Question 35252/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department is aware that there were delays in the notification of attestation information required for pay purposes in relation to 29 Naval Service recruits who joined on 29 May 2017. 26 of the 29 recruits were placed on the next available payroll within approximately two weeks of their details being provided to the Department. There were unusual delays experienced in relation to the notification of details of three of the ...

1730. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to deal with the conciliation and arbitration issues raised by PDFORRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35361/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence (Amendment) Act 1990 and Defence Force Regulations S6 provided for the establishment of representative associations for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The associations that have since been established are RACO (for commissioned officers) and PDFORRA (for enlisted personnel). A Scheme of Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) for members of the Permanent Defence Force was established in 1993 and provides a fo...

1738. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the fact that some members of the Defence Forces have to apply for family income supplement in view of the fact their salary is too low; if this issue will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35505/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1738 and 1739 together.
The rates of remuneration and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces are set by reference to relative levels of pay across the various parts of the public sector. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009-2015 and the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the Lansdowne Road Agreement) define current pay policy for Public Servants ...