147. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department has made a submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on behalf of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13879/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defence raised recruitment and retention issues as part of its original submission to the Public Service Pay Commission. In a further acknowledgement of these issues the Government tasked the Public Service Pay Commission with examining these challenges in the Defence Sector in more detail.

The Public Service Pay Commission has commenced this work and has requested detailed information from the Department of Defence. Defence management are preparing their submission which will be sent to the Commission in the coming weeks.

The Public Service Pay Commission is due to complete this exercise in the second half of 2018. The findings and proposals arising will be considered at that time.