Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (97)

Jack Chambers


97. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the review regarding the difficulties for members of the Defence Forces to cast their vote in recent elections; if it will be published; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30821/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The concerns raised by some members of the Defence Forces regarding difficulties in casting their votes in recent elections are being addressed by way of a review.

A key component of this review is liaison with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, who are responsible for the register of electors. A meeting has taken place recently between the Defence Forces and the staff of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

The military authorities will prepare a report based on the review and submit it to the General Staff for their consideration later this month. I expect to receive the report and the considerations of the General Staff shortly thereafter.

As I have stated previously, I expect the military authorities to take any necessary action on foot of the report, to ensure the right of military personnel to exercise their right to vote.