Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (105)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

105. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the establishment, strength and vacancies of the Permanent Defence Forces in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34528/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The table below details the establishment, strength and vacancies of the Permanent Defence Force, as of the 30th June 2019:

 Branch

 Establishment

 Strength (WTE)

 Vacancies

 Army

 7,520

 7,061

 459

 Air Corps

 886

 708

 178

 Naval Service

 1,094

 955

 139

 Total

 9,500

 8,724

 776

The Government remains committed to returning to, and maintaining the agreed strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel as set out in the White Paper on Defence (2015) and, in that context, recruitment is ongoing.