Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (403)

Noel Harrington


403. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Defence the reason the briefing on the reorganisation of the Reserve Defence Forces in the allocated training centre under the jurisdiction of the 12th Battalion Limerick did not take place in Skibbereen as previously agreed and directed by the Chief of Staff thus incurring high costs for each of the members of the reserve forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11282/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

Arising out of the reorganisation of the Reserve Defence Force a schedule of briefings for personnel took place last month. The locations of these briefings were Mallow, Tralee, Limerick and Cork. These locations were set in consultation with the Officer’s Commanding of the extant units in order to maximise the numbers attending, and to minimise distances to be travelled by personnel, having regard to the geographic distribution of personnel across the region. This decision was communicated to the reserve units in ample time to allow personnel to make arrangements to attend, and to request military transport to be provided, if so required. I am given to understand that no request was made, by the twelve Skibbereen personnel concerned, for military transport to be provided to attend the Cork briefing.