42. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the role of the Army Ranger Wing that was stationed as part of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan on several occasions since 2006; the reason Dáil Éireann was not alerted to the fact that Irish special forces members were deployed there contrary to the neutrality of the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20217/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 42 together.
The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) are the Special Operations Forces of the Defence Forces.
Defence Forces personnel, including ARW personnel, are deployed to United Nations peacekeeping missions in accordance with the provisions of the Defence Acts.
The statutory authority for the despatch of contingents of the Permanent Defence Force for service overseas is set out in Section 2 of t...

161. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if members of the Army Ranger Wing have ever served in Afghanistan; the overseas missions in which members of the unit have served; and if these particular missions have been approved by Dáil Éireann under the triple lock system. (Question 16069/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) are the Special Operations Forces of the Defence Forces. Personnel from the ARW served in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan from October 2006 to March 2007 and from September 2014 to March 2015.  
Members of the ARW have also served in the following missions:
United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNISOM) in 1993; 
International Force East Timor (INTERFET) from October 1999 ...

94. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the published number of Defence Forces members serving on overseas missions (details supplied) in each relevant year in which the missions were ongoing includes members of the Army Ranger Wing serving on those missions. (Question 17930/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 96 to 98, inclusive, together.
All published numbers of Defence Forces personnel serving overseas includes members of the Army Ranger Wing serving on those missions where relevant.
Personnel from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) served in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from October 2006 to March 2007 and from September 2014 to March 2015. They also participate...

98. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if Army Rangers are serving in Afghanistan or on other missions abroad at the present time about which Dáil Éireann has not been informed. (Question 18021/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 96 to 98, inclusive, together.
All published numbers of Defence Forces personnel serving overseas includes members of the Army Ranger Wing serving on those missions where relevant.
Personnel from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) served in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from October 2006 to March 2007 and from September 2014 to March 2015. They also participate...

96. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 161 of 17 April 2018, the number of Defence Forces personnel who were in Afghanistan for the two full periods identified (details supplied); and if the number of Defence Forces personnel exceeded 12 during this period. (Question 18019/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 96 to 98, inclusive, together.
All published numbers of Defence Forces personnel serving overseas includes members of the Army Ranger Wing serving on those missions where relevant.
Personnel from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) served in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from October 2006 to March 2007 and from September 2014 to March 2015. They also participate...

97. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 161 of 17 April 2018, the areas in which these persons were located with particular reference to if they were in Helmand province. (Question 18020/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 96 to 98, inclusive, together.
All published numbers of Defence Forces personnel serving overseas includes members of the Army Ranger Wing serving on those missions where relevant.
Personnel from the Army Ranger Wing (ARW) served in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from October 2006 to March 2007 and from September 2014 to March 2015. They also participate...

22. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Defence if he will confirm the number of Defence Forces personnel who may be sent to conflict zones abroad with the approval of only part of the three elements of the triple lock mechanism, Government approval, Dáil approval and a UN Security Council mandate; if he will provide the numbers of such personnel who are currently working overseas; the numbers in each year from 2000 to date in 2013; the destinations of these personnel in each case; the financial cost of committing these personnel overseas in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46791/13 asked on 06 Nov 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The statutory authority for the despatch of contingents of the Permanent Defence Force for service overseas as part of an International Force, is set out in Section 2 of the Defence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1960, as amended by the Defence (Amendment) Act 2006. This provision is commonly referred to as the “triple lock” and comprises three requirements namely: 
- the authorisation of the operation by the Security Council or General Assembly of the Unite...

15. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if he has a long-term understanding of what the Irish Resolute Support Mission hopes to achieve in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6878/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 9 December 2014, the Government approved the participation of seven members of the Defence Forces in the new NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which commenced on 01 January 2015, following the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission from Afghanistan.
Resolute Support Mission is a non-combat training and advisory mission. It is designed to support and develop the capacity of the Afghan National Defe...

819. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of personnel current posted from the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps at various trouble spots overseas under the aegis of the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13369/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 817, 819 and 834 together.
As of 01 March 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 404 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas, and the total number of personnel currently posted from the Army, Navy and Air Corp to various overseas operations under the aegis of the EU, are listed in the tabular statements attached.
The main ove...

126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which members of the Defence Forces from the Army, Navy and Air Corps are deployed overseas at present; if any further or new deployments are forthcoming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26334/14 asked on 18 Jun 2014 - Defence Forces Operations)

Minister for Defence (Alan Shatter): As of 01 June 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 417 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Ireland’s main deployments are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 199 personnel and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 135 personnel. Other missions in which Defence F...

817. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of Irish Defence Forces personnel currently posted overseas on various missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13367/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 817, 819 and 834 together.
As of 01 March 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 404 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas, and the total number of personnel currently posted from the Army, Navy and Air Corp to various overseas operations under the aegis of the EU, are listed in the tabular statements attached.
The main ove...

834. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update on the current peacekeeping missions in which the State has a role; if he expects to see further requests from the UN for Irish involvement in any other peace keeping operations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12881/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 817, 819 and 834 together.
As of 01 March 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 404 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas, and the total number of personnel currently posted from the Army, Navy and Air Corp to various overseas operations under the aegis of the EU, are listed in the tabular statements attached.
The main ove...

153. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding the withdrawal of the seven Army personnel remaining with the NATO ISAF forces in Afghanistan, in view of the fact that most other European countries have withdrawn their troops. (Question 12965/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated mission in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. On 25 June 2013, the Government agreed to continue to provide seven members of the Permanent Defence Force for service with ISAF for a further period from July 2013, subject to ongoing review by the Minister for Defence. On 20 December 2001, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1386 under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, authorising the estab...

27. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence when Defence Forces personnel currently participating in ISAF will be withdrawn from Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41252/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. The Government has reviewed and approved, on an annual basis, the continued participation of the Permanent Defence Force in ISAF. There are currently seven (7) personnel serving with the force and they are all located in ISAF HQ, Kabul and work in staff appointments in planning and administrative roles. The overall dra...

101. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update in the Defence Forces mission in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21307/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 104 together. 
Seven (7) members of the Permanent Defence Force continue to serve with ISAF which was established under Security Council Resolution 1386 on 20 December 2001. Planning for the drawdown of ISAF generally is currently ongoing and the withdrawal of the Defence Forces personnel from the mission will be co-ordinated within the context of the overall ISAF drawdown plan.
 ...

104. Deputy John Browne asked the Minister for Defence the situation with regard to the Defence Forces mission in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21328/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 104 together. 
Seven (7) members of the Permanent Defence Force continue to serve with ISAF which was established under Security Council Resolution 1386 on 20 December 2001. Planning for the drawdown of ISAF generally is currently ongoing and the withdrawal of the Defence Forces personnel from the mission will be co-ordinated within the context of the overall ISAF drawdown plan.
 ...

12. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence the numbers of Defence Forces personnel currently serving overseas; and the number and details of the missions involved. (Question 20062/14 asked on 07 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 24 together.
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 192 personnel, and the Unite...

24. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if the Defence Forces will undertake any new overseas missions during the remainder of 2014; the number of missions that have concluded thus far in 2014; the details of same; the number that will conclude during the remainder of 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20046/14 asked on 07 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 24 together.
As of 04 May 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 410 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 192 personnel, and the Unite...

318. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the number and location of Army, Navy and Air Corps personnel deployed overseas on foot of EU or UN deployment missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21559/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 316 and 318 together. 
Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. Of the 439 personnel serving overseas, 427 are Army, 2 are Naval Service and 10 are Air Corps personnel.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 357 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander; t...

105. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 255 of 25 November 2014, if he will clarify the impression that the Defence Forces are considering sending soldiers to Afghanistan after 31 December 2014 and that those Defence Forces personnel will be directly involved in training Afghanistan soldiers, in view of such an exercise being inappropriate for Irish personnel to be involved with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46530/14 asked on 04 Dec 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. Seven members of the Permanent Defence Force are currently serving in the mission headquarters in Kabul. 
The ISAF mission is due to conclude and withdraw from Afghanistan on 31 December 2014, whereupon the Afghan National Security Forces will take over full responsibility for security within Afghanistan.  NATO...

484. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Defence the cost of Irish Army participation in the war in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44915/12 asked on 16 Oct 2012 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Defence Forces are primarily deployed on overseas missions in support of international peace and security under UN mandates. On 20 December 2001, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1386 under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, authorising the establishment of an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and there are fourteen UN Security Council Resolutions relating to ISAF, most recently UN Security Council Re...

85. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel currently deployed throughout the world; and the number of countries. (Question 21288/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 316 and 318 together. 
Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. Of the 439 personnel serving overseas, 427 are Army, 2 are Naval Service and 10 are Air Corps personnel.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 357 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander; t...

24. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Defence the resources deployed by the Irish Defence Forces in Afghanistan, including troop numbers; the missions they are engaged in; and details of the other forces with which they are co-operating. (Question 6897/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 9 December 2014, the Government approved the participation of seven members of the Defence Forces in the new NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which commenced on 01 January 2015, following the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission from Afghanistan.
Resolute Support Mission is a non-combat training and advisory mission. It is designed to support and develop the capacity of the Afghan National Defe...

316. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the degree to which further overseas, EU or UN associated troop deployments are likely to emerge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21557/13 asked on 07 May 2013 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 316 and 318 together. 
Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the following tabular statement. Of the 439 personnel serving overseas, 427 are Army, 2 are Naval Service and 10 are Air Corps personnel.
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 357 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander; t...

136. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence if he is satisfied with the operation of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan; and the basis upon which he will decide whether to continue the involvement of the Defence Forces in this mission. (Question 11614/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 9 December 2014, the Government approved the participation of seven members of the Defence Forces in the new NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which commenced on 1 January 2015, following the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission from Afghanistan.
Resolute Support Mission is a non-combat training and advisory mission. It is designed to support and develop the capacity of the Afghan National Defenc...

11. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update on the current overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are involved; if any of these missions will conclude in 2014; if there are plans for any new deployments; if any requests have been received for such; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5570/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 11, 34, 150 and 156 together. 
As of 01 February 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 409 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Details of the average monthly deployments overseas in the past five years are contained in the attached schedule.
The main overseas missions in which ...

139. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if he has undertaken an evaluation of the work of the Defence Forces in Afghanistan since being reassigned under the Resolute Support Mission on 1 January 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11617/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 9 December 2014, the Government approved the participation of seven members of the Defence Forces in the new NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which commenced on 1 January 2015, following the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission from Afghanistan.
Resolute Support Mission is a non-combat training and advisory mission. It is designed to support and develop the capacity of the Afghan National Defenc...

150. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of members of the Defence Forces that have served overseas over the years; the extent to which such service is planned for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5975/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 11, 34, 150 and 156 together. 
As of 01 February 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 409 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Details of the average monthly deployments overseas in the past five years are contained in the attached schedule.
The main overseas missions in which ...

34. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions that currently involve military personnel; the number of these under the auspices of the UN; the location of each mission; the number of these that involve the EU or NATO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5559/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 11, 34, 150 and 156 together. 
As of 01 February 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 409 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Details of the average monthly deployments overseas in the past five years are contained in the attached schedule.
The main overseas missions in which ...

584. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence whether the Army Ranger Wing is to double in size, due to current concerns regarding the threat of international terrorism; when this will happen and if additional funding will be allocated specifically for this purpose; if he will indicate what he believes is the optimum level of the Army Ranger Wing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17293/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Primary responsibility for the internal security of the State rests with the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) which, in practice, means to provide assistance and support to An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. There is ongoing and close liaison between...

156. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the degree to which further overseas, EU or UN associated troop deployments are likely to emerge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5981/14 asked on 06 Feb 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 11, 34, 150 and 156 together. 
As of 01 February 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 409 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. Details of the average monthly deployments overseas in the past five years are contained in the attached schedule.
The main overseas missions in which ...

15. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which it is intended to participate with other European countries engaged in peacekeeping-peace enforcement throughout the EU and-or environs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43236/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 st November 2014, Ireland is contributing 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions, in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed, are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with 138 personnel, the NATO-led International Security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo with 12 personnel, EU-led o...

517. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which the services of the army, navy and air corps continue to be called on to assist on international peace-keeping and-or rescue missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22398/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 01 June 2015, Ireland is contributing approximately 497 Defence Forces personnel to 13 missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas including the lead organisation for each mission are listed in the tabular statement attached. 
The most recent deployment overseas was the despatch of the Irish naval vessel, L.É. Eithne, to assist the Italian authorities in humanitarian search and rescue operations in th...

267. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions at present that involve military personnel; the number of these under the auspices of the UN; the location of each mission; the number of these that involve the EU or NATO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1994/14 asked on 16 Jan 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 01 January 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 412 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. 
The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 209 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander, and the United N...

504. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide, in detail, the activities of personnel of the Defence Forces during their latest mission in Afghanistan; and his views on whether this justifies their continued presence there. (Question 21539/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): On 9 December 2014, the Government approved the participation of seven members of the Defence Forces in the new NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, which commenced on 1 January 2015, following the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission from Afghanistan.
Resolute Support Mission is a non-combat training and advisory mission. It is designed to support and develop the capacity of the Afghan National Defence...

101. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to set out the extent to which any further cause for overseas deployment of Irish peacekeeping missions has been received or is being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43730/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.
As of 01 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 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 Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, and the...

102. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to detail the number and location of various deployments of the Defence Forces at present; whether these are under EU UN or joint management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43731/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 102 together.
As of 01 November 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 418 Defence Forces personnel to 11 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 Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 191 personnel, and the...

129. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the strength and location of various Irish overseas troop deployments at present; the extent to which further deployments have been sought or are contemplated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47392/13 asked on 06 Nov 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 01 November 2013, Ireland is contributing approximately 560 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 356 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander. The joint Iri...

21. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Defence the date on which he proposes to withdraw the seven members of the Defence Forces serving in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54774/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Defence Forces are primarily deployed on overseas missions in support of international peace and security under UN mandates. On 20 December 2001, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1386 under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, authorising the establishment of an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, and there are fourteen UN Security Council Resolutions relating to ISAF, most recently UN Security Council Res...

317. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which the Army, Naval Service or Air Corps can be deployed to assist the civic authorities in the event of a terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7764/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Primary responsibility for the internal security of the State rests with the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) which, in practice, means to provide assistance and support to An Garda Síochána when requested to do so.
The Defence Forces retains a wide range of specialist skills wh...

111. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Defence if Irish Defence Forces personnel are still working in Afghanistan; and whether, considering the British decision to remove its troops from the country, he has plans to withdraw Irish troops from the country. (Question 42644/14 asked on 06 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. Since then, the Government has reviewed and approved, on an annual basis, the continued participation by seven (7) members of the Permanent Defence Force in ISAF. 
On 25 June 2013, the Government agreed to continue to provide seven members of the Permanent Defence Force for service with ISAF for a further period from ...

526. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are currently involved; the number of personnel involved in each mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32385/14 asked on 17 Jul 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 01 July 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 416 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 199 personnel, and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UND...

605. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of the Defence Forces, Army, Navy and Air Corps, male and female, currently serving overseas on various missions, the extent to which such overseas deployment will continue in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36605/13 asked on 18 Jul 2013 - Defence Forces Operations)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Ireland is currently contributing 449 Defence Forces personnel to 13 different missions throughout the world. Ireland’s main deployment is in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), with smaller contributions in Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina, Afghanistan, EUTM Mali and EUTM Somalia. The total number of Defence Forces personnel, Army, Navy and Air Corps, male and female, currently serving overseas is as set out in the following table. 
 ...

124. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of personnel in the Army Rangers in each of the years 2012 to 2015 to date, by location, by base, in tabular form. (Question 41101/15 asked on 19 Nov 2015 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): This Unit is officially designated ‘Sciathán Fianóglach an Airm’ , which is normally translated into English as ‘The Army Ranger Wing’. In the recently published White Paper on Defence, the Government has committed to further enhance the capabilities of the Army Ranger Wing, in particular with the aim of increasing the strength of the unit considerably. As the Army Ranger Wing is the Special Operations Force of the Defence Forces the exact number of ...

696. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he expects to be in a position to augment any deficiencies in the Defence Forces in the context of a terrorist attack; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40155/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - International Terrorism)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Primary responsibility for the internal security of the State rests with the Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) which, in practice, means to provide assistance and support to An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. The Defence Forces retain a wide range of specialist skills wh...

22. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of Irish Defence Forces personnel currently on missions overseas; the number of such missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34577/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 8 September 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 422 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different 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 Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 197 personnel, and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force...

225. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Defence his views on the triple lock system for Ireland’s Defence Forces taking part in large missions abroad; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31466/13 asked on 17 Jul 2013 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The statutory authority for the despatch of contingents of the Permanent Defence Force for service overseas as part of an International Force is set out in Section 2 of the Defence (Amendment)(No. 2) Act, 1960 as amended by the Defence (Amendment) Act, 2006. This provision is commonly referred to as the “triple lock”. However, personnel may be deployed for training, for humanitarian operations and for other such reasons under the authority of the Gov...

28. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Defence the number of Permanent Defence Forces personnel currently serving on overseas missions; the type and location of each mission, including the lead organisation; if authorisation for participation is kept under review in view of the changing security context at various locations; if he will provide the procedures that would be followed for the withdrawal of personnel if the risks involved exceeded acceptable levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34554/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 8 September 2014, Ireland is contributing approximately 422 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas including the lead organisation for each mission 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 Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 197 personnel, an...

28. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence his plans to withdraw the seven Irish soldiers currently stationed in Afghanistan on 31 December 2014, as there will be mainly only US troops left on that date making the Irish soldiers much more vulnerable as the Taliban insurgents will seek to overthrow the western supported government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41262/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland has participated in the NATO–led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. Seven members of the Permanent Defence Force are currently serving in the mission headquarters. The ISAF mission is due to conclude on 31 December 2014 and the overall drawdown of ISAF personnel is currently underway. The withdrawal of the Defence Forces personnel will be coordinated in the context of the overall drawd...

138. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the number of Irish troops currently deployed overseas; the extent to which further deployments are pending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53321/13 asked on 11 Dec 2013 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 01 December 2013, Ireland is contributing approximately 416 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 210 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander. Members of the ...