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Kehoe, Paul

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Departmental Programmes

There are no programmes to tackle adult literacy in the Department of Defence.More Button

Defence Forces Remuneration

The Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) provides a formal mechanism for the PDF representative associations, i.e. RACO and PDFORRA, to engage with t...More Button

There are a number of outstanding adjudication findings across the public service, including the Defence Forces, which cannot be implemented at this time having regard to the provisions of the Fi...More Button

The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020, provides for consideration of a process to address any outstanding adjudications, having due regard to the question of their continued validity a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 14 to 18, inclusive, 23, 25 and 26 together.More Button

Similar to other areas of the public service, the pay of Permanent Defence Force personnel was reduced during the financial crisis. More Button

The recovery in the economy has afforded the opportunity for the Government to begin the restoration of pay to all public servants. Defence Forces pay is continuing to increase in accordance with...More Button

Members of the Permanent Defence Force have received the pay increases due under the Lansdowne Road Agreement. In addition in 2017, following negotiations with PDFORRA, improved pay scales for g...More Button

The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 provides for increases in pay ranging from 6.2% to 7.4% over the lifetime of the Agreement. The first increase due from 1 January 2018 has been pa...More Button

By the end of the current Public Service Pay agreement the pay of all public servants (including members of the Defence Forces), earning under €70,000 per annum, will be restored to pre FEMPI lev...More Button

New entrants to the Defence Forces will also benefit from the measures which were recently announced in relation to amendments to the pay scales for new entrant public servants recruited since Ja...More Button

The Public Service Pay Commission was established to provide objective advice to Government in relation to Public Service remuneration policy. In 2017, under my direction, the Department of Defe...More Button

The Department of Defence has provided data as requested by the PSPC for consideration. The Commission's work is on-going. The Department of Defence will continue to engage with the Public Servic...More Button

The Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 (Croke Park Agreement) for the Defence Sector provided that a review would be undertaken of the current technical grading of appointments and/or classes of ...More Button

There are a number of outstanding adjudication findings across the public service, including the Defence Forces, which cannot be implemented at this time having regard to the provisions of the Fi...More Button

The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020, provides for consideration of a process to address any outstanding adjudications, having due regard to the question of their continued validity a...More Button

In accordance with the Public Service Stability Agreement, 2013-2016, (the Haddington Road Agreement), all sectors across the public service were required to contribute to additional pay and prod...More Button

The contribution from the Defence sector included a further reduction of 10% on the rate of certain allowances payable to the Defence Forces. This included a 10% reduction in overseas allowances....More Button

As I previously outlined, the Public Service Pay Commission is considering recruitment and retention issues in the Defence sector and will report in due course. This will inform future actions re...More Button

The Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) provides a formal mechanism for the PDF representative associations, i.e. RACO and PDFORRA, to engage with t...More Button

There are a number of outstanding adjudication findings across the public service, including the Defence Forces, which cannot be implemented having regard to the provisions of the Financial Emerg...More Button

The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020, provides for consideration of a process to address any outstanding adjudications, having due regard to the question of their continued validity a...More Button

  Questions Nos. 14 to 18, inclusive, answered with Question No. 12.More Button

The Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force provides a formal mechanism for the Permanent Defence Force Representative Associations, that is PDFORRA and RACO,...More Button

Having regard to commitments made under pay agreements, members of the Permanent Defence Force can make representations in relation to their pay and conditions of service through their representa...More Button

The scheme, since its inception in the early 1990s has provided the framework to progress many successful negotiated agreements between Defence management, PDFORRA and RACO. In light of the many...More Button

I appointed Mr. Gerard Barry to carry out a review of the scheme. I received Mr. Barry's report on the review of the scheme last week. The report has been sent to all parties to the scheme, that...More Button

All parties to the scheme are now considering the findings and recommendations outlined in the Report and, following an appropriate timeframe, the parties will engage in further discussions. A ti...More Button

Defence Forces Medical Services

The Deputy is aware that there are three anti-malarial drugs, namely Lariam (Mefloquine), Malarone and Doxycycline which continue to be used by the Defence Forces. All of these anti-malaria drugs h...More Button

The matter raised relates to current litigation against the Minister. There are a number of claims made by current and former members of the Defence Forces who allege personal injury as a consequ...More Button

Naval Service Vessels

The Naval Service is the State's principal sea-going agency and is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. The main day-to-day role of the Naval Service is to provide a fishery protection...More Button

Defence Forces Training

The primary function of training and education in the Defence Forces is to develop and maintain the capabilities necessary to enable it to fulfil the roles laid down by Government.

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Defence Forces Strength

The current whole time equivalent strength of Permanent Defence Force for the end of September is estimated at just over 9,000 personnel. The Government remains committed to returning to, and maint...More Button

In order to achieve this target, there are significant recruitment opportunities available in the Permanent Defence Force, at both enlisted and officer level, for eligible individuals who wish to...More Button

In addition, the Defence Forces Medical Corps are currently accepting applications from suitably qualified medical doctors and the Naval Service has a number of opportunities for Bridge Watch-kee...More Button

Arising from the general service recruitment campaign held earlier this year, new recruits will be inducted between September and end November. 85 Officer Cadets were inducted on the 24th Septemb...More Button

A second general service recruitment campaign was launched on 10 September 2018 and closed on 7 October 2018. More Button

Final figures for numbers enlisted in 2018 will not be available until after year's end. As of 25 September 2018, 414 personnel have been inducted in 2018 and inductions will continue for the res...More Button

With the support of the Chief of Staff, the Government is committed to retaining the capacity of the Defence Forces to operate effectively across all roles and to undertake the tasks laid down by...More Button

Defence Forces Recruitment

I am informed by the military authorities that it was not possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy in the timeframe available. I shall provide the figures to the Deputy when I re...More Button

The following table, provided by the military authorities, sets out the costs associated with recruitment advertising over the past five years:

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Defence Forces Personnel

Work is well underway to apply the provisions of the Directive to members of the Permanent Defence Force. The Department of Defence and the Defence Forces have already undertaken significant work ...More Button

The application of the Directive will involve a fundamental change in working conditions that have been in place for many years. It is a complex arrangement that requires considerable thought to...More Button

The Department of Defence is currently engaging through the Conciliation and Arbitration process with the Defence Forces Representative Associations, RACO and PDFORRA, to discuss the application ...More Button

Concurrently, the Department is engaging with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on required legislative changes. The Department of Justice and Equality is also a key stak...More Button

Litigation taken by a member of the Permanent Defence Force in respect of the applicability of certain elements of the Working Time Directive to the Defence Forces was settled recently in the Hig...More Button

For these reasons it would not be appropriate to comment further..More Button

In my reply on this matter to your earlier PQ, no. 39876/18, I undertook to revert to you with more information.

  I have been informed by the military authorities that the Nav...More Button

Defence Forces Representative Organisations

The Defence (Amendment) Act 1990 and Defence Force Regulations S6 provided for the establishment of representative associations for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The associations that hav...More Button

Defence Forces Contracts

The White Paper on Defence sets the defence policy agenda up to 2025. As a subset of the totality of the work being carried out to implement the White Paper, nearly 90 projects/actions were specif...More Button

The review to which the Deputy refers forms part of one such project which entails a review of contracts of service for all ranks of enlisted personnel in the context of capability requirements a...More Button

The military authorities could not collate the information within the time available. I will revert to the Deputy as soon as the information has been provided to me.More Button

A deferred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

  Question No. 23 answered with Question No. 12.More Button

Defence Forces Personnel Data

The information sought by the Deputy could not be collated within the time available. I will revert to the Deputy as soon as the information is available.More Button

  Questions Nos. 25 and 26 answered with Question No. 12.More Button

Army Barracks

The accommodation facility known as Connolly, Block 7 is a two-storey building that accommodates recruits in an open plan ‘transit accommodation” layout. The ground floor of the building was repai...More Button

Under the Defence Forces Built Infrastructure programme it is planned to upgrade and refurbish the accommodation block at the DFTC known as Plunkett, Block 7. More Button

A multi-discipline Design Team has been appointed for the project. The team is currently working on the development of the detailed proposals for the proposed refurbishment of the block, with a ...More Button

Defence Forces Medicinal Products

I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Military Authorities and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to review the qualifying criteria for the disabled drivers and disabled passengers scheme; the primary medical certificate which underpins it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Naturalisation Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if there are circumstances in which a person (details supplied) would be allowed to apply for naturalisation or other long-term permission to remain here; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button


 

 

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