Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (95)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

95. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to instances in which Air Corps personnel were engaged in employment outside of their official duties; if he has imposed sanctions on staff that are and-or have engaged in employment in the private sector while being serving members of the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52822/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I would refer the Deputy in this regard to Defence Forces Regulation (DFR) A7 paragraphs 16-23. Of particular note in this instance is Para 20D which states:

"Where it comes to the notice of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) that a member of the Permanent Defence Forces is engaged in off-duty employment which is likely to prove detrimental or prejudicial to the best interests of the service, he may take such measures as may appear to him/her necessary and desirable to terminate or limit the scope of such employment".

Unit Commanders are obliged to manage personnel under their command to ensure compliance with DFRs. Any breaches of DFRs are dealt with appropriately through normal Defence Forces administrative and/or disciplinary measures.