Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (72)

Bernard Durkan


72. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which the Defence Forces have been replenished in terms of numbers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53438/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The military authorities have advised that, as at 30th November 2019, 605 personnel were inducted into the Defence Forces and 10 serving soldiers were awarded a cadetship.

They have further advised that, on that date, the strength of the Permanent Defence Force (whole time equivalent), across all services was 8,751 personnel.

I am very much aware that there continues to be a shortfall between the current strength figures and those of the establishment and I remain committed to restoring the strength of the Defence Forces to 9,500.