43. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of persons that have commenced and completed the employment support scheme since the scheme was established in tabular form. (Question 13456/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The number of persons who have commenced and completed the Defence Forces Employment Support Scheme since the scheme was established is broken down as follows:

 Iteration  Location  Dates Number of Persons who commenced and completed the Defence Forces Employment Support Scheme
Pilot Programme Gormanston Camp, Co. Meath 20th June to 26th August 2016  25
First Iteration in 2017 Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick 22nd May to 28th July 2017  15
Second Iteration in 2017 Gormanston Camp, Co. Meath 9th October - 15th December 2017   16

A total of 56 persons have commenced and completed the scheme to date.  The next iteration of the programme will begin in Collins Barracks, Cork on 11th June 2018.