544. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of new appointments made in his Department and those under his remit since March 2011 to date in 2014, with a breakdown of the grade to which they were appointed during the period. (Question 35118/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Defence Organisation includes civil servants, military personnel and civilian employees.

The tables below show the total number of new appointments made from March 2011 to date in 2014. The new appointments listed below include the filling of vacancies through open external competitions.

Civil Service Staff of the Department

Grade 01/03/2011 – 31/12/2011 2012 2013 01/01/2014 – 12/09/2014
Secretary General Nil Nil 1 Nil
Services Officers Nil 2 Nil Nil
Personal Assistant to Minister Shatter 1* Nil Nil Nil
Civilian Driver 2* 1* Nil Nil

*Temporary positions in the Civil Service on a fixed term basis.

Civilian Employees attached to Military Installations

Grade 01/03/2011 – 31/12/2011 2012 2013 01/01/2014 – 12/09/2014
Archivist Nil 1* Nil Nil
Craft Worker 2* 4 Nil 4
Management Information Framework Administration Officers Nil Nil Nil 2
Senior Pharmaceutical Technician Nil Nil Nil 1
Social Worker (Principal) Nil 1 Nil Nil
Social Worker Nil Nil 1* 2
Storekeeper Clerk Nil 4 Nil Nil

*Temporary fixed term contracts

Defence Forces Personnel

Grade 01/03/2011 – 31/12/2011 2012 2013 01/01/2014 – 12/09/2014
Apprentice Nil 20 7 Nil
Private 476 566 353 254
Corporal Nil 8 9 Nil
Cadet 31 37 34 Nil
Captain Nil 1 1 3
Colonel Nil 1 Nil Nil

In addition to the appointments to the Defence Organisation listed above, the President appointed an Ombudsman for the Defence Forces in 2012 on the recommendation of the Government. The person appointed to the post serves on a part-time basis.

All of the above appointments were made in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure & Reform guidelines.