The issuing of 1916-2016 Commemorative medals to the Defence Forces was a commitment in 'A Programme for Partnership Government'. Seperately, my Department is commissioning medals in recognition of the role played by staff working in the Fire Services in relation to the 1916 commemorations. It is envisaged that all Fire Services staff serving in 2016 will be eligible to receive the medal. Following the necessary procurement, my Department will be in touch with Fire Authorities shortly with regard to the distribution of the medals.
Responsibility for the provision of emergency medical services, including pre-hospital emergency care, rests with the Health Service Executive (HSE) which operates the National Ambulance Service (NAS) and any decision to present medals to National Ambulance Staff would be a matter for my colleague the Minster for Health.