Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (401)

Michael McGrath

Question:

401. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 585 of 29 January 2013, when he expects to receive the information sought from the military authorities and the dates on which training resumed for Reserve Defence Force by unit in the First Southern Brigade. [11216/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I forwarded the material requested in Parliamentary Question 585 to the Deputy on Thursday, 28th February. The Reserve Defence Force (RDF) is currently undergoing a major re-organisation. This is consistent with the recommendations of the recently published VFM Review. The Military Authorities have advised me that training has been ongoing in all units of the RDF, including all units in the 1 Brigade. However, there has been some adjustment to the normal routine. In this context, from the 1 December 2012 to the 31 March 2013, training has been limited to unarmed training. The full range of training activities will resume from the end of March.