Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (124)

Declan Breathnach

Question:

124. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Volunteer Reserve Force the precursor to the Reserve Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12936/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

A ceremonial event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Reserve Defence Force will take place on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin. Details of this event are being finalised by the military authorities.

This anniversary is a time to recognise the important role of the Reserve Defence Force. The Government appreciates the service of members of the Reserve Defence Force and recognises the important role that the RDF plays in contributing to Ireland's defence capability. The White Paper is clear that there is a continued requirement to retain and develop the RDF and it is currently on a development path arising from the recommendations of the White Paper.

I have been informed that all services and formations with RDF personnel will be represented at this commemorative event.