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

59.

asked the Minister for Defence the strength of the Defence Forces at 31st March in each of the years 1956 to 1966, and the number of enlistments and the number who left the Forces in each of those years.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, a Cheann Comhairle, with your permission, to circulate it in the Official Report.

Following is the statement:-

STRENGTHS OF ÓGLAIGH NA HÉIREANN.

Date

Na Buan- Óglaigh

An Cúltaca— An Chéad Líne

An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil

An Slua Muirí

Total

31 Márta 1956

8,735

4,928

19,663

304

33,630

,,,, 1957

8,846

5,128

19,890

339

34,203

,,,, 1958

8,130

4,933

19,944

349

33,356

,,,, 1959

9,188

4,158

20,092

362

33,800

,,,, 1960

8,965

3,536

20,540

493

33,534

,,,, 1961

8,868

3,013

20,422

499

32,802

,,,, 1962

8,451

2,988

20,124

435

31,998

,,,, 1963

8,449

2,840

18,972

370

30,631

,,,, 1964

8,221

2,730

18,933

354

30,238

,,,, 1965

8,199

2,621

18,933

392

30,145

,,,, 1966

8,159

2,451

18,650

397

29,657

Number who joined Óglaigh na hÉireann.

Year Ended

Na Buan- Óglaigh

An Cúltaca— An Chéad Líne

An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil

An Slua Muirí

Total

31 Márta 1956

1,465

1,523

5,958

105

9,051

,,,, 1957

2,060

1,644

6,470

146

10,320

,,,, 1958

2,943

1,566

6,603

158

11,270

,,,, 1959

3,876

1,142

6,300

151

11,469

,,,, 1960

2,860

911

6,124

240

10,135

,,,, 1961

1,880

820

5,782

160

8,642

,,,, 1962

1,620

901

5,812

148

8,481

,,,, 1963

1,413

720

5,202

220

7,555

,,,, 1964

1,246

714

5,319

206

7,485

,,,, 1965

1,118

716

5,540

175

7,549

,,,, 1966

1,140

720

5,622

117

7,599

Number who left Óglaigh na hÉireann.

Year Ended

Na Buan- Óglaigh

An Cúltaca— An Chéad Líne

An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil

An Slua Muirí

Total

31 Márta 1956

2,393

1,001

5,919

97

9,410

,,,, 1957

1,949

1,444

6,243

111

9,747

,,,, 1958

3,659

1,761

6,549

148

12,117

,,,, 1959

2,818

1,917

6,152

138

11,025

,,,, 1960

3,083

1,533

5,676

109

10,401

,,,, 1961

1,977

1,343

5,900

154

9,374

,,,, 1962

2,037

926

6,110

212

9,285

,,,, 1963

1,415

868

6,354

285

8,922

,,,, 1964

1,474

824

5,358

222

7,878

,,,, 1965

1,140

825

5,540

137

7,642

,,,, 1966

1,180

890

5,905

112

8,087