22. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on his recent proposals for the reorganisation of the Defence Forces including the Southern, Eastern and Western Brigades; his plans to implement a personnel ceiling of 9,500 members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39490/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Denis Naughten: To speed matters up can we take the reply as read because it is the same as a previous reply?
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4. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update on the restructuring of the Defence Forces; the savings that have resulted from the disestablishment of the Western Brigade; the feedback, if any, that he has received from members of the Defence Forces with regard to this restructuring; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13493/13 asked on 14 Mar 2013 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd: Arising from the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. Following that decision, it was decided that it was not viable to retain a three brigade structure within a strength ceiling of 9,500 personnel. Accordingly, a major reorganisation, encompassing a reduction in the number of Army brigades from three to two, was undertaken. The major reorganisation to give effect ...

1. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence further to his recent announcement to outline his decision to disband the Western Brigade reducing the number of brigades from three to two, the number of personnel that will be transferred; the criteria used for identifying transfers; if the transfers are to be undertaken on a voluntary or mandatory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39664/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Minister of State at the Department of Defence ( Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1, 2 and 5 together.
I apologise for the absence of the Minister for Defence, Deputy Shatter, who is indisposed today and will be indisposed for a short while. He sends his apologies. As Minister of State in the Department of Defence, I am taking questions on his behalf.
The Government is committed to maintaining the capacity and capability of the Defence Forces to undertake the roles assigned...

35. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Defence his plans for the restructuring of the Defence Forces organisation, including plans to abolish the 4th Western Brigade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48452/12 asked on 07 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 23, 25, 35, 164 and 165 together.
The current reorganisation of the Defence Forces was in response to the Government decision to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. At this revised strength ceiling, the existing organisational structures that had been in place for a strength ceiling of 11,500 personnel were no longer viable. Accordingly I initiated a major reorganisation of the ...

1. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence further to the decision to reduce the number of Army brigades from three to two within a Defence Forces strength of 9,500 personnel, if the then three operational commanders of the Army were part of a formally constituted prior consultation or study process to advise on the personnel, intelligence, operational, logistical and deployability implications of such a decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20329/14 asked on 07 May 2014 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Perhaps the Leas-Cheann Comhairle might advise us on this issue. When we start Question Time late because we do not have a quorum, additional time should be made available to us.
This question focuses on the unilateral decision made by the Minister to move from a three to a two brigade structure in the Defence Forces. I ask the Minister to indicate whether there was formal consultation with the operational commanders of the three brigades in advance of the decision.
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801. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated savings to the State since the standing down of the Fourth Western Brigade by the Government in 2012; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this decision may have had a negative impact on the overall morale in the Defence Forces; if consideration will be given to review this decision in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37315/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a comprehensive review of expenditure carried out in 2011, the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) was stabilised at 9,500 personnel. It was clear from the review that the three brigade Army structure was no longer viable, particularly when compared to international norms. 
Accordingly, a major re-organisation of the Defence Forces was implemented in order to ensure that the Defe...

21. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence if he will review the decision to disband the Fourth Western Brigade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34569/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Arising from the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) at 9,500 personnel. The three Brigade structure then in place had originally been designed in the 1990s, when the strength ceiling of the PDF was 11,500 personnel. Clearly, at a strength ceiling of 9,500 personnel, this structure was no longer viable.
In this context, the then Minister for Defence...

20. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Defence the scale of re-deployment of Defence Force personnel which will be required to facilitate the restructuring of the Defence Forces organisation to a two brigade structure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39492/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 20 and 23 together. 
I have addressed many of the issues raised in these questions in my reply to the earlier priority questions. In relation to the disbandment of the Western Brigade, the Minister tasked the Secretary General of the Department and the Chief of Staff to bring forward proposals for a reorganization of the Defence Forces within the context of the reduced strength of 9,500 serving personnel. Those pro...

18. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence his assessment of the social and economic impact of the decision to disband the Fourth Western Brigade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34570/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Following the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) at 9,500 personnel. The Minister for Defence was faced with a choice of retaining the three Brigade Army structure (which was designed in the 1990’s for an overall PDF of 11,500 personnel), or re-organising the PDF to reflect the actual achievable strength level of 9,500 personnel. The structure inte...

203. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence the savings made by his Department further to the decision to disband the 4th Field Artillery Regiment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3373/13 asked on 23 Jan 2013 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence Deputy Alan Shatter As the Deputy is aware, arising from the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. Following that decision it was decided that it was not viable to retain a three brigade structure within a strength ceiling of 9,500 personnel and accordingly, a major re-organisation encompassing a reduction in the number of Army Brigades from three to two was undertaken....

67. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will review the decision to disestablish the 4th Western Brigade and the implications arising from the reduction in the number of Army brigades from three to two; if none of the three Army brigade commanders was consulted prior to the report that recommended the decision to reduce the number of Army brigades being lodged with them in 2012; and the way in which, in the five years since this decision was made, roster duties to be performed in Dublin requires the daily rotation of military units in Dundalk, Athlone and Donegal. (Question 44024/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The current Defence Forces organisational structures have now been in place for almost five years. The basis for the current structures was a major re-organisation of the Defence Forces which occurred in 2012 which led to the consolidation of three under-strength Army brigades into two full strength brigades. A major re-organisation was necessary because it was clear that the three brigade structure was no longer viable, parti...

2. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an update on reorganisation of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39666/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Minister of State at the Department of Defence ( Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1, 2 and 5 together.
I apologise for the absence of the Minister for Defence, Deputy Shatter, who is indisposed today and will be indisposed for a short while. He sends his apologies. As Minister of State in the Department of Defence, I am taking questions on his behalf.
The Government is committed to maintaining the capacity and capability of the Defence Forces to undertake the roles assigned...

289. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the serving strength stationed at Custume barracks Athlone; the way in which this compares to the strength at the time Custume barracks served as headquarters for the western brigade. (Question 45330/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The information sought by the Deputy is currently being compiled. When finalised, I will respond directly to the Deputy in writing. 
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5. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Defence his plans for the transfer of McKee Barracks staff, Dublin, to Cathal Burgha Barracks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39499/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Minister of State at the Department of Defence ( Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1, 2 and 5 together.
I apologise for the absence of the Minister for Defence, Deputy Shatter, who is indisposed today and will be indisposed for a short while. He sends his apologies. As Minister of State in the Department of Defence, I am taking questions on his behalf.
The Government is committed to maintaining the capacity and capability of the Defence Forces to undertake the roles assigned...

17. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Defence the strategic rationale for relocating Defence Forces personnel from McKee Barracks to Cathal Brugha Barracks. (Question 48462/12 asked on 07 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 23, 25, 35, 164 and 165 together.
The current reorganisation of the Defence Forces was in response to the Government decision to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. At this revised strength ceiling, the existing organisational structures that had been in place for a strength ceiling of 11,500 personnel were no longer viable. Accordingly I initiated a major reorganisation of the ...

25. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Defence if he will postpone his plans for the restructuring of the Defence Forces until the White Paper on Defence is published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48453/12 asked on 07 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 23, 25, 35, 164 and 165 together.
The current reorganisation of the Defence Forces was in response to the Government decision to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. At this revised strength ceiling, the existing organisational structures that had been in place for a strength ceiling of 11,500 personnel were no longer viable. Accordingly I initiated a major reorganisation of the ...

4. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence with regard to the closure in 2009 of Connolly Barracks in County Longford and O’Neill Barracks in County Cavan and Columb Barracks in Mullingar, County Westmeath in 2012, if he will provide details of the units and sub-units at the three barracks that were relocated to Custume Barracks in Athlone, County Roscommon; if he will provide a list, by name of the military units, Permanent Defence Force and Reserve Defence Force, that were headquartered in Custume Barracks after these three relocations up to the disestablishment to the 4th Western Brigade on 30 November 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7075/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Army Barracks Closures)

Deputy Robert Troy: With regard to the closure in 2009 of Connolly Barracks in County Longford and O’Neill Barracks in County Cavan and Columb Barracks in Mullingar, County Westmeath in 2012, will the Minister provide details of the units and sub-units at the three barracks that were relocated to Custume Barracks, Athlone, including a list, by name of the military units, Permanent Defence Force and Reserve Defence Force, headquartered in Custume Barracks following these three relocations, up to ...

127. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Defence the savings that have been made as a result of the abolition of the Western Brigade; the estimated cost of restoring it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21711/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): A range of savings measures that were introduced in the years immediately following the onset of the economic downturn in 2008 led to a reduction in the strength of the Permanent Defence Force. Following a comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) at 9,500 personnel.
The three Brigade structure had originally been designed in the 1990s, when the strength ...

12. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if the option of voluntary relocation will be open to members of the Defence Forces as part of the reorganisation of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39523/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 20 and 23 together. 
I have addressed many of the issues raised in these questions in my reply to the earlier priority questions. In relation to the disbandment of the Western Brigade, the Minister tasked the Secretary General of the Department and the Chief of Staff to bring forward proposals for a reorganization of the Defence Forces within the context of the reduced strength of 9,500 serving personnel. Those pro...

23. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Defence if he has opened discussions with the representative bodies in relation to the implementation of the reorganisation of the Defence Forces; his views on reports that there is much confusion over whether or not Defence Forces personnel will have the option of voluntary relocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39524/12 asked on 20 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 20 and 23 together. 
I have addressed many of the issues raised in these questions in my reply to the earlier priority questions. In relation to the disbandment of the Western Brigade, the Minister tasked the Secretary General of the Department and the Chief of Staff to bring forward proposals for a reorganization of the Defence Forces within the context of the reduced strength of 9,500 serving personnel. Those pro...

167. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of vacancies currently in the Defence Forces Medical Corps; if these vacancies will be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41061/12 asked on 27 Sep 2012 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Based on the medical requirement across the Defence Forces as a whole, there is a current requirement for approximately 32 doctors within the Defence Forces Medical Corps. There are currently 17 doctors serving in the Permanent Defence Force and the table below shows the locations where these doctors are currently posted. 

 Number Location Director/Deputy Director, Medical Corps 2 St. Bricin’s Hospital 3 Eastern Brigade * 1 Southern ...

199. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Defence if he will consider reversing the decision to move 56 soldiers from McKee Barracks, Dublin, to the Athlone Barracks, County Westmeath, in view of the major difficulties this will pose to their families in terms of housing and schooling. (Question 53140/12 asked on 28 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The implementation of the major reorganisation of the Defence Forces in order to maintain their operational capability is progressing in full consultation with serving personnel and their Representative Associations. All options to avoid the need for personnel to relocate are being explored as part of this process but inevitably, given the scale of the reorganisation, it will be necessary for some staff to move to new locations. The creation of a n...

164. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the basis for the reorganisation of the Defence Forces such as closure of military barracks, brigade reduction or other similar measures of such policy is deemed to be in line with international trends or for other reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49028/12 asked on 07 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 23, 25, 35, 164 and 165 together.
The current reorganisation of the Defence Forces was in response to the Government decision to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. At this revised strength ceiling, the existing organisational structures that had been in place for a strength ceiling of 11,500 personnel were no longer viable. Accordingly I initiated a major reorganisation of the ...

585. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Defence in respect of Reserve Defence Forces officers who command units and sub units in the first southern brigade, if he will confirm the date on which they were collectively briefed on impending changes and interim arrangements; by whom were they briefed; if this process was identical to that followed in the Eastern Brigade; and if not, if he will highlight the procedure followed in both. (Question 3769/13 asked on 29 Jan 2013 - Defence Forces Reserve Issues)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I have made inquiries with the military authorities in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy and I will write to him as soon as possible.
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312. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence in view of the closure of Connolly Barracks in Longford in 2009, O’Neill Barracks in Cavan and Columb Barracks in Mullingar in 2012, the units and sub-units from those three barracks that were relocated to Custume Barracks in Athlone; and if he will provide a list, by name, of the military units in the permanent and reserve defence forces whose headquarters were in Custume Barracks after these three relocations up to the disestablishment to the 4th Western Brigade at midnight on 30 November 2012. (Question 5567/15 asked on 10 Feb 2015 - Army Barracks Closures)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): It is not possible to provide the information sought by the Deputy in the time available. My Department is currently seeking to compile a reply and I will provide the information directly to the Deputy once it comes to hand. 
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135. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 1 of 7 May 2014, if, in arriving at the decision to reduce the number of army brigades from three to two within a Defence Forces strength of 9,500 personnel, prior to the aforementioned decision being made, the then Chief of Staff consulted with the then three army brigade commanders to advise on the personnel, intelligence, operational, logistical and deployment implications of such a decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21825/14 asked on 14 May 2014 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

The Taoiseach: The Department of Defence has civil and military elements, with Defence Forces headquarters being the military element. The Chief of Staff who is head of Defence Forces headquarters is my principal military adviser, while the Secretary General of the Department of Defence is my principal defence policy adviser. Whilst command is vested directly in the General Officers commanding Army brigades, the Defence Forces Training Centre, the Air Corps and the Flag Officer commanding the Na...

23. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence the way the proposals for the reorganisation of the Defence Forces as applied to Dublin have improved their capacity to discharge their responsibilities to our capital city and the strategic hub of the State. (Question 48463/12 asked on 07 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 23, 25, 35, 164 and 165 together.
The current reorganisation of the Defence Forces was in response to the Government decision to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. At this revised strength ceiling, the existing organisational structures that had been in place for a strength ceiling of 11,500 personnel were no longer viable. Accordingly I initiated a major reorganisation of the ...

216. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence the number of staff at McKee Barracks that were instructed that they would have to move to Athlone by 1 December; the basis for this decision and the financial supports available to the staff involved. (Question 50303/12 asked on 14 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 and 217 together. 
The implementation of the major reorganisation of the Defence Forces in order to maintain their operational capability is progressing in full consultation with serving personnel and their Representative Associations. All options to avoid the need for personnel to relocate are being explored as part of this process. Personnel are being offered the opportunity for reassignment within their current...

131. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Defence if he will commit to the restoration of the Western Brigade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21710/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Arising from the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) at 9,500 personnel.
The three Brigade structure then in place had originally been designed in the 1990s, when the strength ceiling of the PDF was 11,500 personnel. Clearly, at a strength ceiling of 9,500 personnel, this structure was no longer viable. In this context, the then Minister for Defen...

165. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if he will set out his preferred option for the future development of the Defence Forces; if this is in line with the strategy of senior military authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49029/12 asked on 07 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 23, 25, 35, 164 and 165 together.
The current reorganisation of the Defence Forces was in response to the Government decision to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. At this revised strength ceiling, the existing organisational structures that had been in place for a strength ceiling of 11,500 personnel were no longer viable. Accordingly I initiated a major reorganisation of the ...

678. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence the current strength of personnel in Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath and if his commitment to ensure the strength will not fall below 1,000 still stands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5192/13 asked on 05 Feb 2013 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The military authorities have confirmed that on 31 January 2013 the strength of personnel in Custume Barracks, Athlone was 1,014. With the recent re-organisation of the Permanent Defence Force from 3 Brigades to a 2 Brigade structure, and a strength figure for the Permanent Defence Force as a whole of 9,500, I expect the number of personnel serving in Custume Barracks will be of the order of 1,000 personnel. Custume Barracks continues to be an import...

515. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Defence if he will ensure there will be houses available in Athlone, County Westmeath, for the families that will be moved there from Dublin; if there will be school places for their children; if financial support will be made readily available for the move including allowances and compensation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50028/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 515 and 516 together. 
The implementation of the major reorganisation of the Defence Forces in order to maintain their operational capability is progressing in full consultation with serving personnel and their Representative Associations. All options to avoid the need for personnel to relocate are being explored as part of this process. Personnel are being offered the opportunity for reassignment within their current...

516. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Defence the cost benefits the moving of 56 families from Dublin McKee Barracks to Athlone, County Westmeath, will have for the Army and Government; the amount the relocation of the 56 families will cost the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50029/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 515 and 516 together. 
The implementation of the major reorganisation of the Defence Forces in order to maintain their operational capability is progressing in full consultation with serving personnel and their Representative Associations. All options to avoid the need for personnel to relocate are being explored as part of this process. Personnel are being offered the opportunity for reassignment within their current...

45. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the fact that the 2012 reorganisation of the Defence Forces has meant many personnel have much longer commutes to work, which is a strain on them and their families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43994/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The current Defence Forces organisational structures have now been in place for almost five years and followed a series of barrack closures (which continued the a rationalisation agenda initiated by previous Governments). The re-organisation of the Defence Forces resulted in a fundamental restructuring of Army Formations and Units across the country including a number of operational posts. This and previous barrack closures we...

492. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide, in tabular form if possible, a list of the bank accounts used by his Department and separately any agencies within the remit of his Department; the purpose of each bank account and the financial institution the bank account is with; the total amount of any interest charged or bank fees incurred by his Department and separately by each agency in 2011 and anticipated figure for 2012; the percentage of payments issued by his Department and each agency which are issued electronically and if the Department agency has any special arrangement in place on the issue of bank charges and fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44846/12 asked on 16 Oct 2012 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): A list of Bank accounts, along with their purpose, operated by my Department and agencies within the remit of my Department, excluding accounts held locally by units of the Reserve Defence Force, is set out in the table below.
 Bank Name and Address Purpose of Bank Account Allied Irish Bank, 1 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 Office of the Ombudsman Allied Irish Bank, 219 Crumlin Road, Dublin 12 Local Purchases - Ordnance Base W/Shops, Logs Bas...

40. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to restore the three brigade structure to the Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16892/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following a comprehensive review of expenditure carried out in 2011, the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) was established at 9,500 personnel. It was clear from the review that the three brigade structure was no longer viable, particularly when compared to international norms. Accordingly, a major re-organisation of the Defence Forces, encompassing the consolidation of the three under-s...

46. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans regarding the future of Gormanston Camp in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7349/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Defence Forces Properties)

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: There will only be one supplementary question.
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217. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details of the personnel rank and so on to be moved from McKee Barracks in Dublin as part his Departments reorganisation of the Permanent Defence Forces; the location to which the personnel are being moved; and the provisions being put in place to support the personnel and their families who are being asked to relocate. (Question 50440/12 asked on 14 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 and 217 together. 
The implementation of the major reorganisation of the Defence Forces in order to maintain their operational capability is progressing in full consultation with serving personnel and their Representative Associations. All options to avoid the need for personnel to relocate are being explored as part of this process. Personnel are being offered the opportunity for reassignment within their current...

4. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence his plans for the future of Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath; the number of Defence Forces personnel exclusively based there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34811/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: This question is straightforward and seeks to establish the Minister’s plans for the future of Custume Barracks. However, I put it against the background of the extraordinary decision taken by his predecessor as Minister for Defence, Deputy Alan Shatter, who, at the same time as announcing a Green Paper on the future of the Defence Forces, announced the disestablishment of the 4th Western Brigade and, effectively, the downgrading of Custume Barracks. This has come as a...

491. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the specific study which underpinned the decision by the former Minister for Defence in 2011 to discontinue the Western Brigade. (Question 42173/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Following the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. Arising from this decision, a major re-organisation of the Defence Forces was initiated to provide appropriate structures for the revised strength ceiling for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). 
The Chief of Staff and the Secretary General of the Department of Defence were tasked with...

226. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if measures implemented in the reorganisation of the Permanent Defence Forces in 2013 will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14767/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 227 together. 
As part of a major re-organisation of the Defence Forces in 2012, a decision was taken to consolidate the three under-strength Army brigades into two full strength brigades. The decision to move to a two brigade structure involved full consultation with the Defence Forces, and final proposals approved by the then Minister for Defence were agreed between the Chief of Staff...

773. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence forces personnel currently based in Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath; if there are any plans to transfer any of them to other locations; if so, to the locations and the numbers of personnel involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27942/13 asked on 11 Jun 2013 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The military authorities have confirmed that the current strength of personnel in Custume Barracks, Athlone is 1,003. With the recent re-organisation of the Permanent Defence Force from 3 Brigades to a 2 Brigade structure, and a strength figure for the Permanent Defence Force as a whole of 9,500, I expect the number of personnel serving in Custume Barracks will remain in the order of 1,000 personnel. There is a constant through flow of personnel int...

295. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Minister for Defence the number of army personnel currently located at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, County Galway; the way this number has changed since his announcement of the reorganisation of the Permanent Defence Force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10105/15 asked on 10 Mar 2015 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): As the Deputy will be aware, arising from the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) at 9,500 personnel. Resulting from the revised strength ceiling, a major re-organisation of the PDF was initiated. Key aspects of the reorganisation included the consolidation of three under-strength Army Brigades into two full strength Brigades, the consolidation of under-stre...

128. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence his views on the impact his recent organisational changes of the Defence Forces has had on the working conditions of members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13941/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Minister’s major initiative in July 2012 was the reorganisation of the Defence Forces and the move from a three-brigade to a two-brigade structure. Almost two years later, in the Minister’s view has this change had any major implications for those serving within the forces with regard to their day-to-day operations?
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34. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the date on which the 4th Western Brigade was officially disestablished; the number of Permanent Defence Force personnel positions in the 14 units in Custume Barracks, County Westmeath, seven days prior to the date of official disestablishment and in accordance with that regulation on that date seven days prior to the date of official disestablishment; and the permitted number of PDF personnel in the nine PDF units and the PDF personnel in the five reserve units of Custume Barracks. (Question 43293/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Revised organisational structures for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) came into effect on 30 November 2012. This re-organisation consolidated under-strength Army Units into a smaller number of full strength Units, within a revised two Brigade structure. Previous structures were officially disestablished at midnight on 29 November 2012. The re-organisation prioritised the operational effectiveness of the PDF within a revised strength ceiling of 9,500...

227. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a third brigade will be re-established in the Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14768/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 226 and 227 together. 
As part of a major re-organisation of the Defence Forces in 2012, a decision was taken to consolidate the three under-strength Army brigades into two full strength brigades. The decision to move to a two brigade structure involved full consultation with the Defence Forces, and final proposals approved by the then Minister for Defence were agreed between the Chief of Staff...

114. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the units stationed in Cathal Brugha barracks, in tabular form. (Question 8619/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Army Barracks)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Cathal Brugha Barracks is the headquarters of 2 Brigade and the following is a list of units that are based there.
2 Brigade Headquarters
7th Infantry Battalion
2nd Cavalry Squadron
2 Brigade Transport Company
2 Brigade Ordnance Company
2 Brigade Training Centre
2 Brigade Military Police Company
2 Brigade Communications Information Services (CIS) Company
2 Brigade Engineer Group
In addition, the Defence Forces School of Music, t...

495. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Defence the changes that have been made to the Defence Forces in the past five years; the changes he envisages in the Defence Forces role working alongside An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25323/14 asked on 17 Jun 2014 - Defence Forces Operations)

The Taoiseach: The priority in recent years has been to ensure that the Defence Forces can continue to meet all operational requirements within a reduced resource envelope. This has entailed a number of significant measures which includes further rationalisation of Army Barracks and the recent re-organisation of the Defence Forces, both Permanent and Reserve. Arising from the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence ...

382. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which he remains satisfied that the current strength of the Defence Forces remains adequate to meet requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1559/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): In common with all areas of the public sector, the priority in recent years has been to ensure that the Defence Forces can continue to meet all operational requirements within a reduced resource envelope. Arising from the comprehensive review of expenditure in 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) at 9,500 personnel. Resulting from the revised strength ceiling, a major re-organisation of the Perm...

29. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence his response to concerns that the disestablishment of the 4th Western Brigade of the Defence Forces in 2012 has had a negative social impact in the midlands, west and north west of the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6892/15 asked on 18 Feb 2015 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): A re-organisation of the Defence Forces was initiated by the former Minister for Defence in line with the Government’s decision to stabilise the strength ceiling of the PDF at 9,500 personnel.
The consolidation of three under-strength Army Brigades into two full strength Brigades ensured that within the revised strength ceiling, the operational effectiveness of the Permanent Defence Force was optimised in order to fulfil all roles assigned by Governme...