Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (11)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

11. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated cost of increasing the Defence Forces strength to 9,500 in line with existing commitments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4942/20]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

In December 2011, the Government decided to stabilise the strength ceiling of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel and this agreed strength was reflected in the White Paper on Defence (2015).

The Defence Budget provides sufficient resources for the full strength of 9,500 personnel and every effort is being made to reach this strength.