Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (132)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

132. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Irish military personnel deployed on UN missions abroad; the details of the missions; and the military rank of each. [16637/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

As of 03 April 2019, Ireland is contributing 669 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world.  The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 460 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 131 personnel.  The other United Nations missions that Defence Forces are deployed to are the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) with 12 personnel, the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) with 3 personnel and the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) with 3 personnel.

Other United Nations mandated missions where Defence Forces are deployed are EUFOR (EU-led Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina) with 5 personnel, EUTM Mali (EU-led Training Mission) with 19 personnel, KFOR (International Security Presence in Kosovo) HQ with 12 personnel and the Naval Service EU Naval Mission (Op Sophia) with 5 personnel.

Full details of all personnel currently serving overseas on UN missions by military rank are listed in the following tabular statement.

In addition, Ireland is also contributing some 19 military advisors, representatives and staff officers with the OSCE in Vienna, the EU and NATO/Partnership for Peace in Belgium and UN Headquarters in New York.

Tabular Statement

Col

Lt Col

Comdt

Capt

Lt

Chaplain

RSM

BQMS

CS

CQ

Sgt

Cpl

Pte

Total

UNIFIL

1

5

16

20

16

1

3

1

9

8

54

105

221

460

UNTSO

1

8

3

12

MINURSO

1

2

3

MONUSCO

1

2

3

UNDOF

3

4

9

4

1

1

1

1

2

20

26

59

131

EUFOR BiH

2

1

1

1

5

EUTM Mali

2

2

1

2

3

1

5

3

19

KFOR

1

1

2

1

1

1

3

1

1

12

Op Sophia

1

1

1

2

5

TOTAL

2

15

36

40

22

2

5

3

19

11

80

135

280

650