Friday, 16 September 2016

Questions (1961)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

1961. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are currently involved; the number of personnel involved in each mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26325/16]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

As of 01 September 2016, Ireland is contributing 498 Defence Forces personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world, along with deployments to two standby Battlegroup Headquarters and a range of international organisations and National Representations.

The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 219 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 136 personnel and the Naval Service humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean with 59 personnel.

Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas are as follows:

Members of the Permanent Defence Force Serving Overseas as of 01 September 2016

1. UN MISSIONS

(i) UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) HQ - 30

UNIFIL 53rd Infantry Group - 185

UNIFIL Sector West HQ - 4

(ii) UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) Israel & Syria - 11

(iii) MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara) - 3

(iv) MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic - 4

Republic of the Congo)

(v) UNOCI (United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast) - 1

(vi) UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) HQ, - 7

Golan Heights, Syria

UNDOF 52nd Infantry Group - 129

TOTAL - 368

UN MANDATED MISSIONS

(vii) EUFOR (EU-led Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina) - 7

(viii) EUTM Mali (EU-Led Training Mission) - 15

(ix) KFOR (International Security Presence in Kosovo ) HQ - 12

2. OTHER DEPLOYMENTS

Naval Service Humanitarian Mission in Mediterranean L.É. James Joyce - 59

TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL SERVING WITH UN MISSIONS - 467

3. ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE)

(i) OSCE Mission to Bosnia & Herzegovina - 1

(ii) Staff Officer, High Level Planning Group, Vienna - 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL SERVING WITH OSCE - 2

4. EU MILITARY STAFF

Brussels - 4

5. EU BATTLE GROUP

German-led Battle Group 2016 - HQ, STRASBOURG - 10

UK-led Battle Group 2016, UK - 5

6. MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES/ADVISERS/STAFF

(i) Military Adviser, Permanent Mission to UN, New York - 1

(ii) Military Adviser, Irish Delegation to OSCE, Vienna - 1

(iii) Military Representative to EU (Brussels) - 4

(iv) Liaison Officer of Ireland, NATO/PfP (Brussels) - 2

(v) EU OHQ Operation Althea, Mons, Belgium - 1

(vi) Irish Liaison Officer to SHAPE & Military Co-Op Division, Mons, Belgium - 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEFENCE FORCES PERSONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS - 498