Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (21)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh


21. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to review the practice whereby continuance in service contracts are offered after two years; if this period will be extended to five years as a measure to address retention issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40818/18]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The White Paper on Defence sets the defence policy agenda up to 2025. As a subset of the totality of the work being carried out to implement the White Paper, nearly 90 projects/actions were specifically identified. Implementation of these specific actions will be carried out on a phased basis over the ten year period of the programme.

The review to which the Deputy refers forms part of one such project which entails a review of contracts of service for all ranks of enlisted personnel in the context of capability requirements and associated appropriate age profiles. Joint civil/military project planning is underway for this project.