6. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a panel has been established in his Department for communications officers; if a Civil Service position of head of communications or similar role or description has been appointed in his Department; if so, when the appointment occurred; the grade at which it occurred; the reason for same; the policy basis for same; the person that approved the appointment; his plans to make such an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11716/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There is no role of Head of Communications within my Department and no panel for communications officers. There are no current plans to make such appointments within my Department. There is a post of Technical Communications Officer with the Civil Defence Branch to support the operations of radio and the other communications infrastructure of Civil Defence.