5. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to the Irish troops in Lebanon. (Question 1833/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
On 21 December last I travelled to Lebanon to visit members of the Defence Forces serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The purpose of my visit was to demonstrate Government support for the UNIFIL mission and the Defence Forces serving overseas and also for me to gain a better understanding of the work they do. I was accompanied by the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Depu...

68. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Defence to report on his recent visit to the Golan Heights to meet Irish troops serving on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force mission and to south Lebanon to visit Irish troops serving on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon mission; and if he had any other engagements during this visit. (Question 2789/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Overseas Visits)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): During the period 20 to 22 December 2015, I accompanied the Taoiseach on a visit to Lebanon and Israel. The visit afforded us an opportunity to see, at first hand, the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces. On the 21st and 22nd December respectively, we met with Defence Forces personnel serving as part of a joint Finnish/Irish battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon and personnel servi...

2. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent visit to Lebanon. (Question 1285/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
On 21 December last I travelled to Lebanon to visit members of the Defence Forces serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The purpose of my visit was to demonstrate Government support for the UNIFIL mission and the Defence Forces serving overseas and also for me to gain a better understanding of the work they do. I was accompanied by the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Depu...

3. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent trip to Lebanon; the meetings that were held; and the detail of his discussions with the Defence Force while there. (Question 1383/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
On 21 December last I travelled to Lebanon to visit members of the Defence Forces serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The purpose of my visit was to demonstrate Government support for the UNIFIL mission and the Defence Forces serving overseas and also for me to gain a better understanding of the work they do. I was accompanied by the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Depu...

4. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent trip to Lebanon. (Question 1398/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
On 21 December last I travelled to Lebanon to visit members of the Defence Forces serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The purpose of my visit was to demonstrate Government support for the UNIFIL mission and the Defence Forces serving overseas and also for me to gain a better understanding of the work they do. I was accompanied by the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Depu...

6. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent trip to Lebanon. (Question 3004/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
On 21 December last I travelled to Lebanon to visit members of the Defence Forces serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The purpose of my visit was to demonstrate Government support for the UNIFIL mission and the Defence Forces serving overseas and also for me to gain a better understanding of the work they do. I was accompanied by the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Depu...

1. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Lebanon and his engagements there. (Question 54821/17 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together.
On 21 December last I travelled to Lebanon to visit members of the Defence Forces serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. The purpose of my visit was to demonstrate Government support for the UNIFIL mission and the Defence Forces serving overseas and also for me to gain a better understanding of the work they do. I was accompanied by the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Depu...

80. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a Spanish soldier on UN peacekeeping duty was killed during Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon; if Irish soldiers on UN peacekeeping duty in the region have been affected by the recent attacks in southern Lebanon and the Golan Heights; and if new security measures are being put in place to ensure their safety. (Question 5127/15 asked on 04 Feb 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am aware of the events of 28th January 2015, where a member of the Spanish Armed Forces who was serving in Sector East with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was killed near Ghajar on the border with Israel. I understand that the precise cause of the peacekeeper’s death remains undetermined. UNIFIL has launched an investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident. Irish personnel deployed with UNIFIL serve i...

411. Deputy John Brady asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he travelled abroad as part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; the locations he travelled to; the duration of the trip; the cost of the trip, including travel and accommodation in addition to other expenses incurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18892/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations I visited Irish troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) during the period 13 March to 20 March. Over 90% of Irish Defence Forces personnel serving overseas are based in this region. In addition I attended events in the region as part ...

594. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence to report on the recent appointment of a person (details supplied) as the head of mission and force commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL; the length and scope of this mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17303/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): On 25 May 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Major General Michael Beary as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  The appointment will be for an initial period of one year. Major General Beary succeeds Major General Luciano Portolano of Italy, who will complete his assignment in mid July 2016.
The Head of Mission/Force Com...

596. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the level of deployment and location of Irish troops overseas on United Nations or European Union related missions; the extent to which further missions are planned or required; the extent to which the need for any upgrading of equipment has been noted, arising from such deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17317/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos 575, 589 and 596 together. 
As of 1 June 2016, Ireland is contributing 474 Defence Forces personnel to 11 overseas missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. 
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Leb...

18. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20424/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): This year marks significant anniversaries in relation to Ireland’s UN peacekeeping role. It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a UN peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of the first deployment of Defence Force personnel to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.
Ireland has made a huge commitment to supporting peace and security in the Middle East region and has participated in the UN...

589. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence for a report on all overseas missions that the Defence Forces are currently participating in; the number of Defence Forces personnel currently participating in overseas missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17298/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos 575, 589 and 596 together. 
As of 1 June 2016, Ireland is contributing 474 Defence Forces personnel to 11 overseas missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. 
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Leb...

575. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of operations the Defence Forces are involved in abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17053/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos 575, 589 and 596 together. 
As of 1 June 2016, Ireland is contributing 474 Defence Forces personnel to 11 overseas missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. 
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Leb...

459. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide further details on his recent visit to Israel, Lebanon and Palestine; if he discussed the peace process with the various Governments; if the issue of the continued building of Israeli settlements was discussed with the Israeli Government; and if he discussed or negotiated new arms deals with the Israeli Government. (Question 15160/13 asked on 26 Mar 2013 - Middle East Peace Process)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): During the period 9 to 15 March 2013, I visited Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. My visit to Lebanon afforded me an opportunity to see, at first hand, the dedication and professionalism of military personnel and the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces personnel serving as part of a joint Irish/Finnish battalion with the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon. I conveyed to the troops our deep appreciation...

16. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Defence the outcomes of his high level meetings in Ramallah and Israel on his trip to the Middle East; if he will provide an update on the current difficulties in the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5563/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Foreign Conflicts)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): During the period 25 to 29 November 2013, I visited Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. On the first day of my visit to the Middle East, I met with Fayez Ghosen, the Lebanese Minister for Defence, who highlighted the enormous burden placed on the Lebanese Government by the Syrian crisis. Minister Ghosen stressed that particular problems had arisen in health, education and security and also highlighted the importance of support and financial assistance from t...

38. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on his recent visit to UNIFIL, UNDOF and UNTSO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20414/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): During the period 13 to 20 March 2017, I visited the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) and also the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The visit afforded an opportunity to see at first hand the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces in the Middle East and also ...

106. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on his visit to Lebanon, Israel and Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20590/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 93, 106 and 107 together. 
My visit to Lebanon afforded me an opportunity to see, at first hand, the dedication and professionalism of military personnel and the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces personnel serving as part of a joint Irish/Finnish battalion with the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon. I conveyed to the troops our deep appreciation for the outsta...

93. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on his visit to Lebanon, Israel and Palestine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21133/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 93, 106 and 107 together. 
My visit to Lebanon afforded me an opportunity to see, at first hand, the dedication and professionalism of military personnel and the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces personnel serving as part of a joint Irish/Finnish battalion with the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon. I conveyed to the troops our deep appreciation for the outsta...

82. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide a report on his St. Patrick’s Day programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21312/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 93, 106 and 107 together. 
My visit to Lebanon afforded me an opportunity to see, at first hand, the dedication and professionalism of military personnel and the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces personnel serving as part of a joint Irish/Finnish battalion with the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon. I conveyed to the troops our deep appreciation for the outsta...

107. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Defence if he will outline to Dáil Éireann, in respect of this year’s overseas travel for Saint Patrick’s Day, the benefit of this trip; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21129/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 93, 106 and 107 together. 
My visit to Lebanon afforded me an opportunity to see, at first hand, the dedication and professionalism of military personnel and the tremendous work done overseas by the Irish Defence Forces personnel serving as part of a joint Irish/Finnish battalion with the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon. I conveyed to the troops our deep appreciation for the outsta...

97. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to mark the 40th anniversary of Irish troops being deployed to Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19658/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Defence Forces)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): This year marks significant anniversaries in relation to Ireland’s UN peacekeeping role.  It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a UN peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of the first deployment of Defence Force personnel to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.   
Ireland has made a huge commitment to supporting peace and security in the Middle East region and has participated ...

113. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his trip to the Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26987/14 asked on 24 Jun 2014 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I travelled to Lebanon on Sunday, 15 June 2014. I was accompanied on the visit by Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD. The main purpose of the trip was to meet with Irish troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). During my visit I also met with the Lebanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Tammam Salaam, and announced an additional €2 million in emergency funding to assist Syrian and Palestinian refugees in L...

9. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Defence if any members of the Defence Forces will take part in the investigation by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon into the recent death of a Spanish peacekeeper serving on the mission; and if the Defence Forces taking part in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon,UNIFIL, will now review their security and their procedures mandate, following the recent death of this Spanish peacekeeper. (Question 6877/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - UN Missions)

Deputy Seán Crowe: A Spanish peacekeeper with the UNIFIL mission in the Lebanon, Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, was killed recently. It is believed that he was killed by Israeli artillery fire and UNIFIL is currently carrying out an investigation. Are Irish personnel taking part in the investigation?
 ...

555. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if any progress has been made in case of a person (details supplied) who was kidnapped on the 27 April 1981 from an Irish observation post outside the village of Dyar Ntar in South Lebanon and whose body was never recovered. (Question 24366/13 asked on 21 May 2013 - Defence Forces Investigations)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 and 555 together. 
Private Kevin Joyce and Private Hugh Doherty were serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), when on 27 April 1981, an observation post manned by them came under attack. Private Doherty was later found dead from gunshot wounds and Private Joyce was missing. Two inquiries have already been conducted into this incident, one by the United Nations in 1981 and the second by the...

551. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence the steps he has taken with the Lebenese and Palestinian authorities to try and locate the remains of a person (details supplied) who was kidnapped on the 27 April 1981 from an Irish observation post outside the village of Dyar Ntar in South Lebanon. (Question 24367/13 asked on 21 May 2013 - Defence Forces Investigations)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 and 555 together. 
Private Kevin Joyce and Private Hugh Doherty were serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), when on 27 April 1981, an observation post manned by them came under attack. Private Doherty was later found dead from gunshot wounds and Private Joyce was missing. Two inquiries have already been conducted into this incident, one by the United Nations in 1981 and the second by the...

89. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Defence his views on the safety of members of the 51st Infantry Group who will leave later this month for service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, given the recent attacks on civilians and soldiers in Lebanon, and given the prospect of greater destabilisation. (Question 41165/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The 51st Infantry Group is the latest contingent of the Defence Forces who deployed this month to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Irish contingent comprising 197 personnel is based primarily in Camp 2-45 as part of a joint battalion with Finland. The decision by Government to send troops overseas is never taken lightly. The safety of all Irish Defence Forces personnel serving on all overseas missions is always a concern t...

739. Deputy John Paul Phelan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the impact the conflict in Syria and Iraq is having on the security situation in Lebanon, in particular with reference to the fact that Irish troops are participating in peacekeeping operations in southern Lebanon and in the Golan Heights region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11278/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Foreign Conflicts)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): At the request of the United Nations, and following Government and Dáil Éireann approval, contingents of the Permanent Defence Forces have been deployed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since 2011 and to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), on the Golan Heights since 2013. The longstanding presence of these UN peacekeeping missions has played an important role in bringing stability to th...

123. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update of the work of Irish troops who are deployed with a task force to help in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, the work they are undertaking, when they will finish this tour of duty and if they will be replaced by a new group of troops when they finish. (Question 11665/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I have tabled this question to seek an update on the commendable work of all Irish soldiers serving in Sierra Leone and assisting in tackling Ebola. They volunteered for this difficult and challenging tour and left Ireland earlier this year to fight the worst outbreak yet of Ebola which has claimed over 10,000 lives or more. What work have they been doing? When are they due back and will a further detachment be sent to finish or continue their work?
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1. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with the Lebanese Prime Minister and other local officials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26762/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I travelled to Lebanon on 15 June 2014 as Taoiseach and at that time also as Minister for Defence. I was accompanied on the visit by the Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Deputy Paul Kehoe. The purpose of the trip was to meet Irish troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. During my visit I also met the Lebanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Tammam Salam. Items ...

2. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent visit to the Middle East. (Question 26763/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I travelled to Lebanon on 15 June 2014 as Taoiseach and at that time also as Minister for Defence. I was accompanied on the visit by the Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Deputy Paul Kehoe. The purpose of the trip was to meet Irish troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. During my visit I also met the Lebanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Tammam Salam. Items ...

3. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach the discussions he had on his visit to the Middle East in relation to Gaza and the humanitarian crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39814/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I travelled to Lebanon on 15 June 2014 as Taoiseach and at that time also as Minister for Defence. I was accompanied on the visit by the Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Deputy Paul Kehoe. The purpose of the trip was to meet Irish troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. During my visit I also met the Lebanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Tammam Salam. Items ...

4. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he discussed the crisis in Iraq and Syria with the Lebanese Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39815/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Official Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together.
I travelled to Lebanon on 15 June 2014 as Taoiseach and at that time also as Minister for Defence. I was accompanied on the visit by the Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Deputy Paul Kehoe. The purpose of the trip was to meet Irish troops serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL. During my visit I also met the Lebanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Tammam Salam. Items ...

111. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if he has had discussions with his EU colleagues in regard to the issue of future participation in EU led peace keeping or peace enforcing missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13571/13 asked on 14 Mar 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 111 and 115 together. 
During each EU Presidency both formal and informal meetings of Defence Ministers are held. On 12-13 February 2013, I hosted an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Defence in Dublin Castle. The Operational Commanders of three of the four current EU-led missions were also in attendance. Discussions were focused on these current operations and future proposed developments. 
Ireland contributes Def...

115. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if he has had discussions at EU or UN level in the context of Irish participation in further or future overseas deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13575/13 asked on 14 Mar 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 111 and 115 together. 
During each EU Presidency both formal and informal meetings of Defence Ministers are held. On 12-13 February 2013, I hosted an informal meeting of EU Ministers of Defence in Dublin Castle. The Operational Commanders of three of the four current EU-led missions were also in attendance. Discussions were focused on these current operations and future proposed developments. 
Ireland contributes Def...

5. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence his long-term plans for the participation of the Irish Defence Forces in the United Nations disengagement observer force operation in the Golan Heights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7072/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Deputy Mick Wallace: A recent UN report stated that the Israeli military has been in direct contact with Syrian rebels over a period of months, has facilitated the treatment of wounded fighters and, at times, exchanged parcels. How can the Minister justify the presence of Irish soldiers in this region? It is hard to see what they are doing there. If the Israelis are now working with rebels with al-Qaeda links, will the Minister explain what purpose the Irish soldiers are serving there now?
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115. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if the situation in Iraq was discussed and whether it will impact on troops in the Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26989/14 asked on 24 Jun 2014 - Middle East Issues)

The Taoiseach: My meeting with the Prime Minister of Lebanon included discussion of the situation in the wider region. The Prime Minister expressed serious disquiet about the situation and his concern about how it is likely to impact on Lebanon. Ireland has long supported Lebanon through serious challenges and we are committed to continuing to do so. As Minister for Defence, and in consultation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, I will continue to monitor the situation. The sec...

141. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to a militant attack in Bamako in Mali, which involved the shooting dead of a French citizen and a Belgian security officer serving with the European Union delegation there and three civilians; if the security regulations that Irish troops in the country are bound by have been updated; and his views on whether the lives of these Irish soldiers are under threat because the European Union delegation is training the Malian army to wage war in the north of Mali. (Question 11640/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am aware that on 7th March 2015, a Sahara-based Islamist group claimed responsibility for a rare attack in Mali’s capital that killed five people, including two foreigners. This highlighted continued volatility in the African nation two years after France helped retake territory from al Qaeda-linked militants. No Irish personnel were involved in the incident.
Ireland is currently contributing ten (10) personnel to the EU Training Mission in Mali (...

6. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Defence the progress of the 106th battalion’s mission with UNIFIL, in view of on-going violence in Syria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39467/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Overseas Missions)

(Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 30 together. 
I addressed most of the issues in regard to the role of our contingent in UNIFIL in answering a priority parliamentary question on the matter earlier.
In the area in which the Irish-Finnish battalion operates, the security situation remains calm but tense. The battalion implements force protection measures appropriate to the prevailing operational and security developments in the region. As Deputies will appreciate, the ...

162. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which payment has been made in full in respect of Defence Force deployments overseas with the UN or EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20808/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only missions, for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, are th...

520. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which payments from the United Nations in respect of overseas service by the Defence Forces remain up to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22401/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - UN Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The missions for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs are the United Nations Interim Force...

212. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he expects Irish troop deployment overseas in respect of EU or UN missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34027/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 November 2016, Ireland is contributing 496 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world, along with deployments to two standby Battlegroup Headquarters and a range of international organisations and National Representations.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 215 personnel, the United ...

525. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide, in tabular form, the amount of money owed to the State by the United Nations for the provision of each of the peace keeping operations conducted by the Defence Forces overseas, including both ongoing missions and those that have concluded but where money is still owed to the State by the United Nations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33953/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only missions, for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, are the United Nations Interim ...

304. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if he is aware that the operational imperative regarding freedom of movement for members of the Defence Forces serving in south Lebanon in pursuit of the Security Council resolution for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is being constantly challenged by non-government elements; that this has seriously impeded the Defence Forces from carrying out essential elements of the resolution; and if he will outline the credible steps, other than routine rote protests, he is taking to ensure this essential freedom of movement is guaranteed in all the areas of operations. (Question 41835/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - UN Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am advised by the Military Authorities that Defence Forces personnel in UNIFIL continue to conduct their operations in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution and have not been subject to any restrictions on their Freedom of Movement. There is no evidence to suggest that Irish troops are being “constantly challenged by non-Government elements”. While there may be very occasional minor confrontations, these do not impede our ...

156. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which up to date payment has been received from the EU and/or UN in respect of deployment of Irish troops on various missions overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6544/13 asked on 07 Feb 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only mission for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, is the United Nations Inter...

62. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount spent on drones and other equipment procured from Israel since 2013; his future plans on procuring equipment from Israel; and his views on whether in view of Israel’s appalling human rights record it is unethical and against the wishes of the vast majority of persons that Ireland continues trading with Israel. (Question 23197/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Contracts)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 51, 60, 62 and 71 together. 
The primary focus for the procurement of defensive equipment by the Department of Defence is to maintain the capability of the Irish Defence Forces to fulfil the roles as assigned by Government. This includes undertaking overseas Peace Support Operations, and in this regard to afford the greatest possible force protection to Irish troops whilst on all missions.
The ...

422. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which payment from the UN in respect of deployment of Irish troops overseas remains up to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29319/13 asked on 18 Jun 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only mission for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, is the United Nations Inter...

9. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Defence in view of the changing nature of the military situation in the Golan Heights and the recent intensification of violence in the region, his plans to seek a review of the UNDOF mandate under which Irish soldiers are serving in the area; if he or senior Irish military personnel have had discussions with the head of mission and force commander in relation to the changing nature of the conflict in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34571/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - UN Missions)

Deputy Catherine Murphy: My question is similar to the first two priority questions in that it relates to the changing situation in the Golan Heights. There have been developments in the situation since I tabled this question. I wish to know what the Minister’s approach will be when he attends the summit on 26 September. I ask him to inform the House about the engagements, whether there was an exchange of fire and whether, as was reported, Irish troops were instructed to surrender.
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30. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence if there has been any impact on the current Irish peacekeeping mission in South Lebanon in view of the current crisis in neighbouring Syria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39491/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Overseas Missions)

(Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 30 together. 
I addressed most of the issues in regard to the role of our contingent in UNIFIL in answering a priority parliamentary question on the matter earlier.
In the area in which the Irish-Finnish battalion operates, the security situation remains calm but tense. The battalion implements force protection measures appropriate to the prevailing operational and security developments in the region. As Deputies will appreciate, the ...

379. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of missions or deployment of soldiers abroad in 2015 that used the anti-malaria drugs Malarone and Doxycycline; the number of Defence Forces personnel involved; the rank of those on such missions; and the duration they were deployed for these missions. (Question 18562/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have been advised by the military authorities that the information sought cannot be provide within the required timeframe. I will revert to the Deputy when the information is available.
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