Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (86)

Carol Nolan

Question:

86. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the actions he plans to take to resolve the ongoing issues regarding retention and recruitment in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25716/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Defence Forces' 2019 recruitment campaign continues and is targeting 800 new members. Additionally a range of alternative recruitment approaches are being developed, aimed at addressing vacancies in certain specialist areas.

There is also significant work being progressed, aimed at ensuring the Defence Forces remains an attractive career for those currently serving. There are ongoing promotion opportunities, opportunities to gain unique experiences and work is continuing to enhance work-life balance.

The independent Public Service Pay Commission has been tasked with examining recruitment and retention issues and I expect that the Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform will bring its report to the Cabinet in the near future. The Government will consider any recommendations made therein.