Written Answers Nos. 137-141
Dáil Éireann Debate
Written Answers Nos. 137-141
Defence Forces Strength
Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The strength of the Permanent Defence Force at the end of October 2013, the latest date for which figures are available stood at 9,222, of which 558, or 6.06%, are women. With regard to the Army Reserve, the total strength at 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are available was 4,773. This figure comprises 3,782 men and 991 women. I am advised that following completion of the recent re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Force a more up to date strength figure for the Army Reserve is not available at the moment. I will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it comes to hand.
Defence Forces Deployment
138. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the number of Irish troops currently deployed overseas; the extent to which further deployments are pending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53321/13]
Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 01 December 2013, Ireland is contributing approximately 416 Defence Forces personnel to 14 different missions throughout the world. Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are listed in the tabular statement attached. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 210 personnel, including the Deputy Force Commander. Members of the 42nd Infantry Group who are serving as part of the joint Finnish/Irish Battalion, are tasked primarily with patrolling, reconnaissance and occupying static posts while operating in close coordination and cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces in Sector West of UNIFIL’s area of operations.
Defence Forces Representative Organisations
139. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which he has ongoing dialogue with the various representative bodies, such as PDFORRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53322/13]
Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Question is a repeat in view of Question 127 of 6 November 2013 (Reference number 47390/13) and the written reply to that question. The position is unchanged with the exception of one minor update where I can advise that I regret that I was unable to attend the RACO Biennial Delegate Conference last week, despite my been originally scheduled to do so.
140. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if he expects expenditure in his Department in the coming year to remain within budgetary guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53323/13]
Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): It is expected that expenditure in 2014 for the Defence Vote Group will remain within budgetary guidelines. My Department monitors expenditure trends closely, on an ongoing basis, to ensure that budgetary targets are achieved.
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