1958. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the projects his Department is prioritising in Budget 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26139/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The White Paper on Defence, published in 2015, sets out the roles that Government have assigned to the Defence Forces and the priorities for future investment in equipment and infrastructure.

For Budget 2017, the priority is to ensure that the Defence Forces are adequately funded to continue to deliver operational outputs, both at home and overseas, and to facilitate investment in essential equipment and infrastructure, as identified in the White Paper on Defence.