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 ...

15. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Defence Forces involvement in peacekeeping missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20290/18 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 United Nations peacekeeping role. It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a United Nations peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of our first deployment to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.
Commemorative events are being planned to mark this year’s important milestones in the history of Ireland’s participation in Un...

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 ...

926. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is aware that the Army presence at the national day of commemoration ceremony held in Sligo on 10 July 2016 was greatly reduced compared with previous years; if he is further aware that the Defence Forces did not provide a colour party of guard of honour for the Sligo ceremony and that three members of the Defence Forces from Sligo were killed in Lebanon while serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force, UNIFIL; if he will request the chief of staff of the Defence Forces to ensure an appropriate Army presence at the national day of commemoration ceremony in Sligo in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22022/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The National Day of Commemoration commemorates all Irish people who died in past wars or United Nations peacekeeping missions. It occurs on the Sunday nearest 11 July. The principal ceremony is held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Other ceremonies are held throughout the country and organised locally by the Local Authority.
The Defence Forces participation in the ceremony in Sligo consisted of 8 personnel including 2 Officers. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

166. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to participate with other European countries engaged in peace keeping and or peace enforcement throughout the EU and other countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13115/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 March 2018, Ireland is contributing 586 personnel to 9 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 377 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 135 personnel. 
Other missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are t...

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?
 ...

1215. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the degree to which the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps will continue to participate in overseas missions in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9766/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): As of 1 May 2016, Ireland is contributing 471 Defence Forces personnel to 11 overseas 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 194 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in S...

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 ...

28. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent of further requests from the United Nations for the deployment of Irish troops on peacekeeping expeditions; the extent to which such deployment will arise in future years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6871/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - UN Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1st February 2015, Ireland is contributing 432 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 199 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with 138 personnel, the NATO-led International Security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo with 12 personnel, the EU-l...

991. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which further overseas deployment of the Defence Forces with the UN are envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27445/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 September 2016, Ireland is contributing 498 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 219 personnel, the Unite...

381. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which he expects members of the Defence Forces to be deployed overseas in the coming years; the scale of any such proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1558/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 January 2015, Ireland is contributing 426 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 199 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with 138 personnel, the NATO-led International Security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo with 12 personnel, the EU-led op...

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...

103. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if, in discussions with the United Nations, he will consider proposing that Irish troops be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they could play a very positive role; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7073/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1st February 2015, Ireland is contributing 432 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. Four Defence personnel are serving with the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Ireland has participated in this mission since its establishment in 2010. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2010, Defence Forces personnel served with the United Nations Organisation Mission in the Demo...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

65. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he has had discussions at EU and UN level with regard to future deployment of the Defence Forces overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20732/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 May 2018, Ireland is contributing 637 personnel to 9 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 369 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 138 personnel. 
Other missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the...

10. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces who are currently serving overseas; the missions they are on; if he expects that number to rise or fall in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15525/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 March 2017, Ireland is contributing 585 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to 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 378 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria wit...

21. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details on the involvement of Irish Defence Forces personnel in ongoing overseas missions; their role and effectiveness in achieving peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41253/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 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. United Nations peacekeeping operations are deployed on the basis of mandates from the United Nations Security Council. Their roles differ from situation to situation, depending on the nature of the conflict and the specific...

45. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel currently on overseas missions in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39805/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 1 December 2016, Ireland is contributing 661 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 379 personnel, the United Na...

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...

294. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which further overseas deployment of the Defence Forces with the UN is envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23438/17 asked on 17 May 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 04 May 2017, Ireland is contributing 575 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations. 
The main UN missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 369 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 p...

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...

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...

119. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel currently deployed on United Nations, European Union and other humanitarian missions; his plans in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21292/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 31 May 2015, Ireland is contributing approximately 500 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 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 198 personnel and the United N...

264. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if Irish soldiers will be deployed overseas in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3266/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 January 2016, Ireland is contributing 423 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement beneath. 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 (UNDOF) in Syria w...

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...

95. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence to outline his views regarding the operation of Defence Forces overseas missions in the context of being involved in missions that have run for decades and failed to deliver peace and have in fact enabled the conflict participants to avoid making peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43331/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Participation in overseas peacekeeping missions is a key element of Ireland’s foreign policy and has been an important dimension in meeting Ireland’s international obligations as a member of the UN and the EU. Irish foreign policy is directed at supporting co-operative arrangements for collective security through the development of international organisations, especially the United Nations, and supporting effective international action in areas such a...

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...

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...

33. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel participating in overseas missions; the number of missions, their type and location; and the plans to increase the Permanent Defence Force complement to the agreed strength, so as to ensure that overseas missions are not impacted. (Question 6898/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As of 1 February 2015, Ireland is contributing approximately 432 Defence Forces personnel to 11 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. In addition to the personnel listed in the tabular statement there is one officer deployed to the Embassy of Ireland in Freetown, Sierra Leone under the Emergency Civilian Assi...

164. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which further overseas deployment of the Defence Forces with the UN are envisaged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20810/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 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 ...

165. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the degree to which the Naval Service and Air Corps have been involved in overseas deployment on foot of EU-UN missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20811/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 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 ...

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...

14. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence in view of the human suffering and human rights abuses taking place in Darfur and in Congo DRC, if this is an area where Irish troops could make a real difference in terms of peace-keeping missions. (Question 1206/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Overseas Missions)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Defence Forces have a long association with peacekeeping missions in Africa. The work carried out by Irish personnel deployed with such missions represents an important contribution to the peace and security of the region. Ireland is currently contributing four personnel to the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Ireland has participated in MONUSCO since its establishment in 2010. Prior to th...

217. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he has had discussions at EU and UN level with regard to future deployment of the Defence Forces overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15707/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 March 2017, Ireland is contributing 585 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to 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 378 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force...

30. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on his recent meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25112/15 asked on 25 Jun 2015 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I welcomed the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co Kildare on 25th May 2015, the second day of his visit to Ireland. Our meeting provided an opportunity to restate Ireland’s continued commitment to the pursuit of international peace and security. Ireland is extremely proud of its long tradition of participating in UN and UN mandated peacekeeping missions with this year marking the 60th ...

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...

217. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Defence the roles and requirements the Defence Forces could conduct under the United Nations umbrella to help combat the rise of global terrorism in the future given the recently published White Paper on Defence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4845/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Defence Forces)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government recently published a White Paper on Defence which sets out the policy framework for the Defence organisation for the next ten years and beyond. Given the importance that Ireland places on collective security and multilateralism, the Government’s recent White Paper on Defence, published in August 2015, confirms our continued support to the UN and to international peacekeeping generally. The specific role of the permanent Defence Force ...

27. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the level of deployment and location of Irish troops overseas on UN or EU related missions; the extent to which further missions are planned or required; the extent to which the need for upgrading of equipment has been noted arising from such deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10722/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 February 2018, Ireland is contributing 586 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations.
The main overseas missions in which the Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 375 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Sy...

574. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Force members serving overseas on peacekeeping or other missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53186/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 577 together.
As of 1 December 2017, Ireland is contributing 639 Permanent Defence Force personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. T he main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 377 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 personnel ...