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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 165-179
 Header Item Cyber Security Policy
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Defence Forces Strength
 Header Item Defence Forces Equipment
 Header Item Air Corps Training
 Header Item Naval Service Vessels
 Header Item Army Training Programme
 Header Item Army Training Programme
 Header Item Defence Forces Strength
 Header Item Overseas Missions
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 165-179

Cyber Security Policy

 165. Deputy Martin Heydon Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if in view of recent tragedies his attention has been drawn to the concerns of many regarding the dangers for young person's of several social networking sites; the measures he has considered within legislation to protect those young Irish persons subject to and most vulnerable to cyberbullying; his plans regarding same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [55935/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I assure the Deputy that I share the widespread concern about bullying by means of communications technology. It is very regrettable that this highly beneficial resource is abused in that way, causing great distress to many people.

There are two approaches to tackling cyberbullying, that is to say, bullying over the internet, by mobile phone or by other technological devices. In the first instance, we must educate and alert people to the problem, how to detect it and how to overcome it. Everyone has a role to play, whether they are parents, teachers, classmates, work or team colleagues or mere 'bystanders'.

I draw attention to the services available from the organisations participating in the Safer Internet Ireland Project, coordinated by my Department's Office for Internet Safety. The www.webwise.ie site provides valuable information and advice as well as links to other relevant sites.

The Deputy refers in particular to social networking sites. They have become very popular especially among younger people. Users need to be aware that those sites have their own rules. They usually have various options such as privacy settings and complaints procedures which may be availed of to prevent any unwanted access. Most of the major social networking sites have signed up to the EU's Safer Social Networking Principles. The Principles promote good practice with an emphasis on enhancing the safety of younger users.

The second approach entails pursuing perpetrators under the criminal law. The current law has a number of relevant provisions. Two sections of the Non-fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997 are especially relevant. Section 5 deals with the offence of threatening to kill or cause serious harm. It has a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years. Section 10 provides for the offence of harassment. The section includes harassment 'by any means including by use of the telephone'. This offence attracts a maximum penalty of imprisonment of up to 7 years.

At my request, the Law Reform Commission is examining an aspect of the requirements in section 10, namely the need to demonstrate persistence in the harassment. I await its conclusions.

The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989 may be relied upon in cases where the cyberbullying entails incitement to hatred on account of race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.

The Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 is relevant to the investigation and prosecution of the offences under the 1997 Act. It permits the retention of and access to data for those purposes where the offence is a serious one. In that regard, the Act identifies some specific offences but adds that the term also applies to any offence having a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment or more. The offences in sections 5 and 10 of the 1997 Act meet that criterion.

While I can understand their reluctance to do so in many instances, victims, their families and friends must realise that their active participation is required if attempts to defeat the cyberbullies are to succeed. They can follow the simple but effective advice on how to deal with unwanted messages and they must assist the Gardaí by reporting cases to them. The criminal law can be employed only when victims come forward and assist the Gardaí in building a case against their tormentors.

I have no immediate plans for new, more targeted, legislation but I will be keeping the matter under review.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 166. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if temporary promotions or acting up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if he will confirm that his Department has been given sanction to make such arrangements detailing the number by grade involved, and the date sanction was sought and the date it was given.  [56303/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I have been advised that 11 temporary in nature promotions have been made in my Department as part of the preparation for the EU Presidency in the following grades; 1 Principal Officer; 4 Assistant Principal Officers; 4 Higher Executive Officers and 2 Executive Officers. I can confirm for the Deputy that the relevant sanction for such promotions was sought from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on 23 April 2012 and sanction was received on 15 June 2012.

  Question No. 167 answered with Question No. 14.

Defence Forces Strength

 168. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of positions in the Defence Forces or ranks approved, waiting to be filled or vacant at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55036/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The following table outlines the strength of the Permanent Defence Force as at 31 October 2012 the latest date for which figures are available, and the total vacancies, by rank, based on the rank establishment of 9,500.

  Promotions and Recruitment are ongoing within the Permanent Defence Force in order to fill these rank vacancies. They will be carried out within the resource envelope allocated to Defence.

   PDF Strength by rank as at 31 October 2012 versus PDF Rank Establishment of 9,500

- 9,500 Rank Establishment Strength at 31 October 2012 Vacancies by Rank
Lieutenant General 1 1 0
Major General 2 2 0
Brigadier General 8 8 0
Colonel 41 34 7
Lieutenant Colonel 137 131 6
Commandant 336 337 -1
Captain 452 436 16
Lieutenant 256 319 -63
Sergeant Major 43 35 9
Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant 44 42 1
Company Sergeant 245 166 79
Company Quartermaster Sergeant 199 171 28
Sergeant 1,330 1,057 273
Corporal 1,800 1,757 43
Private (including Cadet) 4,606 4,656 -50
Total 9,500 9,153 347
  Note:

Equivalent Naval Service Ranks   

Brigadier General/Commodore

Colonel/Captain

Lieutenant Colonel/Commander

Commandant/Lieutenant Commander

 Captain/Lieutenant(NS)

 Lieutenant/Sub Lieutenant Sergeant Mayor/Warrant Officer

 Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Chief Petty Officer

 Company Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Petty Officer

 Company Sergeant/Chief Petty Officer

 Sergeant/Petty Officer

 Corporal/Leading Seaman

 Private/Able Seaman

Defence Forces Equipment

 169. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the extent to which the resources accruing from the closure of various military installations over the years has transferred directly to updating and upgrading the quality and standard of equipment available to the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55027/12]

 175. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of military installations closed or decommissioned since 1988; the extent to which funds accruing therefrom have been retained for the development of facilities for the Defence Forces; the extent of any such plans for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55033/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 and 175 together.

Since 1998 a total of fourteen barracks have been closed under various barrack consolidation programmes. To-date nine of these barracks - Clancy (Dublin), Castleblaney, Ballincollig, Fermoy, Naas, Monaghan, Cavan, Castlebar and a large portion of Longford - have been sold.

In relation to the remaining barracks agreement has been reached for the sale of Lifford and Rockhill to Donegal County Council. Discussions are ongoing in relation to the possible sale of a portion of Clonmel Barracks to other State Agencies and the remaining part of Longford has been reserved for the OPW for the local Garda Síochána.

Magee Barracks in Kildare and Columb Barracks in Mullingar remain the property of the Department.

The total realised to-date in terms of sales of surplus property is €84m approx. This, together with income of €18m approx. from the sale of other smaller military properties and married quarters has been re-invested in providing equipment and infrastructure for the Defence Forces.

All remaining vacated barracks as well as any properties identified as surplus to military requirements will be disposed of by my Department, taking account of the market conditions, so as to maximise the return to the Defence Forces.

The monies received from the sales of surplus properties have returned to the Defence Vote as Appropriations in Aid. The increased levels of appropriations in aid have allowed the retention of funding levels for re-equipment. Some of the major more recent programmes include the acquisition of Light Tactical Armoured Vehicles, Mowag Armoured Personnel Carriers, two EC and six AW 139 helicopters and two new Offshore Patrol vessels, scheduled for delivery in 2014/2015. This approach is in line with the 2000 White Paper on Defence and the Government decision of February 2000 which, inter alia, approved “ the allocation of 100% of the revenue arising from the sale of property surplus to military requirements, for investment in equipment and infrastructure for the Defence Forces”

Air Corps Training

 170. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the extent to which the standard and levels of training normally required continue to be made available to the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55028/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Air Corps keeps abreast of all developments in modern aviation. It conducts its training in accordance with industry best practices and to the highest standards, referencing European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements and using the most modern methods and equipment available.

Naval Service Vessels

 171. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he is satisfied regarding the degree to which funding remains available to the navy with particular reference to the upgrading of equipment, training and the use of modern technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [55029/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter A strategy for the replacement of Naval Service Offshore Patrol Vessels is currently in train. A contract was signed in October, 2010 with Babcock Marine in the United Kingdom for the provision of two new offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). The acquisition of these modern new vessels, combined with a continuous process of refurbishment and repair on the other vessels in the fleet, will ensure that the operational capability of the Naval Service is maintained at a satisfactory level and that the most up to date equipment, including modern technology and IT equipment, is available to Naval Service personnel.

Preparations for the construction of the ships have commenced in Appledore, UK and the build of the first ship is well advanced. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in early 2014. The second ship will follow one year later.

On the issue of Naval Service training and associated technologies, I am satisfied that Naval Services training techniques and the technologies involved are up to date in all respects. The Naval Service training plan is structured to provide the capabilities needed to execute the roles assigned to the Naval Service by Government.

I am satisfied that the equipment issued to the Naval Service is in keeping with the most modern requirements and the highest international standards. The ongoing investment in the Naval Service will ensure that this remains to be the case.

Army Training Programme

 172. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he is satisfied, notwithstanding the economic exigencies within which he must operate, that sufficient resources remain available for training, updating and upgrading of equipment and technology of the regular Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55030/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  I am satisfied that the level of resources available to the Defence Forces, including equipment and training resources, enables the Defence Forces to carry out their roles both at home and overseas.

  The acquisition of new equipment for the Defence Forces remains a focus for me as Minister for Defence. However, it is imperative that the Department and the Defence Forces, similar to all other Government Departments, must take into account the current difficult economic environment we are now operating in. The budgetary situation will continue to dictate the level of funding available for new equipment and upgrades. Decisions will be made accordingly on a strictly prioritised basis with a view to maintaining the capability of all roles assigned by Government to the Defence Forces.

  I am advised that military training techniques are up to date in all respects. Defence Forces training plans are specifically structured to provide the capabilities needed to execute the roles assigned to them by Government. The challenges of preparing military units for participation in international peace support operations constitute the major dimension of Defence Forces collective training. The primary focus of this training is the attainment of a capability for military interoperability in order to conduct peace support operations to international standards. Training standards in the Defence Forces are constantly benchmarked against best international practice and Defence Forces personnel have full access to the best international training standards available.

  A particular focus is maintained in ensuring that modern and effective equipment is available for overseas peace support operations. In this regard, the personal equipment, which the individual soldier has at his/her disposal in Lebanon and on other overseas missions is second to none and compares very favourably with the equipment in use by other countries.  

Army Training Programme

 173. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if sufficient resources remain available to ensure training and upgrading of the Army Reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55031/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  The central recommendation from the Value for Money Review of the Reserve Defence Force was for the retention of the Reserve with 4,000 personnel spread countrywide to be based in barracks and in 16 other locations. This requires the consolidation of existing Reserve Units throughout the country into a smaller number of full-strength Units.

A new “Single Force” concept will see Permanent Defence Force (PDF) Units having Reserve components, rather than a parallel Reserve as at present. Reserve Units within barracks will be supported by their parent PDF Unit and the 16 Units outside of PDF installations will be supported by dedicated full time PDF personnel. This concept offers significant potential advantages in terms of training and development of the Reserve. The initiative of locating Reserve Officers within the Defence Forces management structure will likewise underpin the future Reserve.

These steps create a viable structure while addressing the inefficiency caused by having too many widely dispersed and under-strength Reserve Units.

The changes to the current Reserve organisation are in response to a compelling case for reform and will dovetail with the significant changes that are occurring in the PDF organisational structures.

I am satisfied that the changes when implemented will ensure a better Reserve and enhance overarching Defence capabilities.

Defence Forces Strength

 174. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the total strength of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps by gender and rank at present; the extent to which the numbers have fluctuated in each of the past five years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55032/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The strength of the Permanent Defence Force at the end of October 2012, the latest date for which figures are available stood at 9,152, of which 573 (6.26%) are women. Comparative figures at the end of 2007 show a strength of 10,434 of which 560 (5.37%) were female.

  The following table contains the strength, broken down into Army, Naval Service and Air Corps by gender and rank groupings for each of the years 2007 to 2011.

  The Deputy may note a difference in the figures given here for end-December 2008 and 2009 and those given in my response to PQ 151 of Wednesday, 8th  February 2012. In the previous figures, there was a discrepancy of 1 in the totals for 2008 due to a typographical error and the figures given for end-December 2009 were actually the end-January 2010 figures. The figures now provided in the following tables are the corrected figures.

TABULAR STATEMENT STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-07

- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY 1 3 8 40 133 319 248 297 1049 31 34 129 252 1052 1449 2947 4446 70 8,512
AIR CORPS     1 2 14 30 59 31 137 7 4 50 14 136 172 383 301 24 845
NAVAL SERVICE     1 2 12 42 51 51 159 6 7 75 15 212 172 487 415 16 1,077
TOTAL 1 3 10 44 159 391 358 379 1345 44 45 254 281 1400 1793 3817 5162 110 10434


TABULAR STATEMENT STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-07
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY         1 18 44 40 103     3 1 23 102 129 216 8 456
AIR CORPS             3 2 5     1   1 10 12 15 1 33
NAVAL SERVICE             10 8 18           7 7 40 6 71
TOTAL 1 18 57 50 126 4 1 24 119 148 271 15 560


TABULAR STATEMENT STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-07
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS  
ARMY 1 3 8 40 132 301 204 257 946 31 34 126 251 1029 1347 2818 4230 62 8,056
AIR CORPS     1 2 14 30 56 29 132 7 4 49 14 135 162 371 286 23 812
NAVAL SERVICE     1 2 12 42 41 43 141 6 7 75 15 212 165 480 375 10 1,006
TOTAL 1 3 10 44 158 373 301 329 1219 44 45 250 280 1376 1674 3669 4891 95 9874


TABULAR STATEMENT STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-08
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY 1 3 7 41 131 305 237 346 1071 32 39 133 251 1048 1467 2970 4394 71 8,506
AIR CORPS     1 2 12 32 56 44 147 7 4 48 15 135 171 380 291 14 832
NAVAL SERVICE     1 2 12 43 42 60 160 6 7 76 15 216 175 495 402 13 1,070
TOTAL 1 3 9 45 155 380 335 450 1378 45 50 257 281 1399 1813 3845 5087 98 10,408


TABULAR STATEMENT STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-08
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY         1 21 48 41 111     3 1 32 108 144 200 13 468
AIR CORPS             2 2 4     1   3 10 14 13 1 32
NAVAL SERVICE           2 10 11 23           9 9 35 3 70
TOTAL 1 23 60 54 138 4 1 35 127 167 248 17 570

Tables



TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-08
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS  
ARMY 1 3 7 41 130 284 189 305 960 32 39 130 250 1016 1359 2826 4194 58 8,038
AIR CORPS     1 2 12 32 54 42 143 7 4 47 15 132 161 366 278 13 800
NAVAL SERVICE     1 2 12 41 32 49 137 6 7 76 15 216 166 486 367 10 1,000
TOTAL 1 3 9 45 154 357 275 396 1240 45 50 253 280 1364 1686 3678 4839 81 9838
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-09
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY 1 2 6 31 115 290 283 313 1041 26 30 127 233 991 1429 2836 4152 66 8,095
AIR CORPS     1 1 13 29 66 32 142 7 4 50 13 130 167 371 282 6 801
NAVAL SERVICE     1   13 39 49 62 164 4 6 74 16 210 165 475 379 19 1,037
TOTAL 1 2 8 32 141 358 398 407 1347 37 40 251 262 1331 1761 3682 4813 91 9,933
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-09
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY 2 19 43 47 111     3 1 32 109 145 194 12 462
AIR CORPS     4 1 5     1   4 10 15 12 1 33
NAVAL SERVICE   2 10 11 23           9 9 34 6 72
TOTAL 2 21 57 59 139 4 1 36 128 169 240 19 567


TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-09
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS  
ARMY 1 2 6 31 113 271 240 266 930 26 30 124 232 959 1320 2691 3958 54 7,633
AIR CORPS     1 1 13 29 62 31 137 7 4 49 13 126 157 356 270 5 768
NAVAL SERVICE     1   13 37 39 51 141 4 6 74 16 210 156 466 345 13 965
TOTAL 1 2 8 32 139 337 341 348 1208 37 40 247 261 1295 1633 3513 4573 72 9366
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-10
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY 1 1 6 31 101 275 317 295 1027 24 24 112 218 941 1336 2655 4018 52 7,752
AIR CORPS   1   2 12 28 69 37 149 5 3 42 12 129 158 349 263 5 766
NAVAL SERVICE       2 11 37 52 59 161 4 5 65 15 205 156 450 403 18 1,032
TOTAL 1 2 6 35 124 340 438 391 1337 33 32 219 245 1275 1650 3454 4684 75 9550
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-10
- LT MAJ BRIG COL LT COMDT CAPT LT TOTAL SM BQMS CS CQMS SGTS CPLS TOTAL PTES CADETS TOTAL
- GEN GEN GEN COL OFFRS NCOS
ARMY 1 18 41 51 111     2 1 33 109 145 200 11 467
AIR CORPS     4 2 6     1   4 9 14 12   32
NAVAL SERVICE   2 10 14 26           8 8 34 2 70
TOTAL 1 20 55 67 143 3 1 37 126 167 246 13 569

Tables



TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

30-Nov-10
-
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
-
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
1
1
6
31
100
257
276
244
916
24
24
110
217
908
1227
2510
3818
41
7285
AIR CORPS
1
2
12
28
65
35
143
5
3
41
12
125
149
335
251
5
734
NAVAL SERVICE
0
2
11
35
42
45
135
4
5
65
15
205
148
442
369
16
962
TOTAL
1
2
6
35
123
320
383
324
1194
33
32
216
244
1238
1524
3287
4438
62
8981
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-11
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
1
5
31
109
245
335
279
1005
29
26
95
189
889
1390
2618
3985
42
7,650
AIR CORPS
1
1
2
14
25
62
35
140
6
3
35
9
121
174
348
297
6
791
NAVAL SERVICE
1
2
13
32
63
47
158
4
4
53
11
186
180
438
386
15
997
TOTAL
1
1
7
35
136
302
460
361
1303
39
33
183
209
1196
1744
3404
4668
63
9438
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-11
-
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
-
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
2
19
46
45
112
2
1
35
119
157
194
4
467
AIR CORPS
2
3
5
1
4
13
18
7
30
NAVAL SERVICE
3
13
12
28
11
11
28
1
68
TOTAL
2
22
61
60
145
3
1
39
143
186
229
5
565
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Dec-11
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
1
5
31
107
226
289
234
893
29
26
93
188
854
1271
2461
3791
38
7183
AIR CORPS
1
1
2
14
25
60
32
135
6
3
34
9
117
161
330
290
6
761
NAVAL SERVICE
1
2
13
29
50
35
130
4
4
53
11
186
169
427
358
14
929
TOTAL
1
1
7
35
134
280
399
301
1158
39
33
180
208
1157
1601
3218
4439
58
8873

Tables



TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Oct-12



-
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
-
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
1
1
6
31
106
260
323
242
970
23
32
74
150
808
1396
2483
3884
43
7,380
AIR CORPS
1
1
1
13
33
57
29
135
6
3
30
8
108
181
336
272
11
754
NAVAL SERVICE
1
2
12
44
56
48
163
6
7
62
13
141
180
409
429
17
1,018
TOTAL
1
2
8
34
131
337
436
319
1268
35
42
166
171
1057
1757
3228
4585
71
9,152


TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Oct-12



-
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
-
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
2
26
42
43
113
2
32
121
155
202
3
473
AIR CORPS
3
2
5
1
4
13
18
8
31
NAVAL SERVICE
6
12
10
28
12
12
27
2
69
TOTAL
2
32
57
55
146
3
36
146
185
237
5
573
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

31-Oct-12



-
LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
-
GEN
GEN
GEN
COL
OFFRS
NCOS
ARMY
1
1
6
31
104
234
281
199
857
23
32
72
150
776
1275
2328
3682
40
6,907
AIR CORPS
1
1
1
13
33
54
27
130
6
3
29
8
104
168
318
264
11
723
NAVAL SERVICE
1
2
12
38
44
38
135
6
7
62
13
141
168
397
402
15
949
TOTAL
1
2
8
34
129
305
379
264
1122
35
42
163
171
1021
1611
3043
4348
66
8,579

  Question No. 175 answered with Question No. 169.

  Question No. 176 answered with Question No. 9.

Overseas Missions

 177. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the extent to which the Exchequer has been reimbursed by the United Nations or other bodies for overseas peacekeeping missions authorised by the EU or UN to date; if any outstanding payments remain; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55035/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The UN reimburses some personnel and Contingent Owned Equipment costs in respect of contributions of personnel to UN led operations. Rates of reimbursement, fixed in accordance with UN categories of equipment and personnel, are agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ireland and the UN for each mission. The only mission for which Ireland is currently entitled to reimbursement of some troop and equipment costs, is the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The total amount currently owing to the Department of Defence by the United Nations in respect of contributions towards troop and other costs associated with the participation of Defence Forces personnel in UN missions is calculated at €11.5million approximately. This amount, includes €5.1 million in respect of the current UNIFIL mission and €6.4 million in respect of repatriation costs of equipment from the MINURCAT mission in Chad. The amount owing in relation to the MINURCAT mission is the subject of ongoing negotiations with the UN. The recovery from the UN of the monies owed is pursued with the UN on an ongoing basis by the Department of Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in conjunction with the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in New York.

Ireland is not entitled to any reimbursement in respect of Defence Forces participation in EU-led missions as all troop contributors to such missions are responsible for their own costs.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 178. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if temporary promotions or acting up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if he will confirm that his Department has been given sanction to make such arrangements detailing the number by grade involved, and the date sanction was sought and the date it was given.  [56296/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter My Department is not using temporary promotions or acting ups to manage staffing arrangements for the EU Presidency. Hence, my Department did not seek sanction in this regard from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Single Payment Scheme Applications

 179. Deputy Jim Daly Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the position regarding single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55714/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Processing of this application has recently been finalised and payment will issue to the nominated bank account shortly.


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