Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (57)

Jack Chambers


57. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the optimal mix of civil servants, civilian and military personnel required to fill roles in the defence organisation has been determined and achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30542/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The White Paper on Defence, published in 2015, resulted from a comprehensive examination of Defence requirements over a ten year planning horizon and set out policy in respect of people capability development for the Defence Organisation.

My Department undertakes a workforce planning process in relation to the determination of civil service staffing requirements to ensure the discharge of the range of functions within the Department.  The employment of Civilian Employees for military installations is provided to meet requirements identified by the military authorities. There are both civil servants and civilian employees providing a range of skills to the Defence Forces which are identified as part of ongoing engagement with the military authorities. 

In terms of military requirements, the White Paper on Defence restated the current structure represents the most effective and efficient structure within the overall strength of at least 9,500 Permanent Defence Force personnel.  Arising from the White Paper a wide range of projects were identified and are being undertaken to address the personnel requirements of the Defence Forces.  Following the recent publication of the Public Services Pay Commission’s report examining recruitment and retention issues in the Defence Forces,  a high level implementation plan has been approved by Government which will further address skills and personnel requirements of the Defence Forces.