Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Strength of Defence Forces.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state the present strength of the Defence Forces.

As the reply is in tabular form I propose with the permission of an Ceann Comhairle to include it in the Official Report.

The strength of Óglaigh na hÉireann on 28 Feabhra, 1958, was:—

Oifigigh

Oifigigh neamh- choimisiúnta

Saighdiúirí Singil

Iomlán

(a) Na Buan-Óglaigh

1,153

2,798

4,194

8,145

(b) Na hÓglaigh Cúltaca:

Effective Strength—

(i) An Cúltaca Oifigeach agus An Cúltaca Fear (An Chéad Líne)

514

550

3,823

4,887

(ii) An Cúltaca Oifigeach agus An Cúltaca Fear (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil)

788

1,623

17,122

19,533

(iii) An Cúltaca Oifigeach agus An Cúltaca Fear (An Slua Muirí)

16

51

278

345

Non-Effective Strength—

(i) An Cúltaca Fear (An Chéad Líne)

165

2,162

2,327

(ii) An Cúltaca Fear (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil)

201

12,604

12,805

(iii) An Cúltaca Fear (An Slua Muirí)

5

164

169

IOMLÁN

2,471

5,393

40,347

48,211

NOTE.—Cúltacairí on the non-effective list (i.e., those who fail to report for training, etc.) remain liable for permanent service and for service in aid of the civil power.