17. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the vacancies among instructors in the Defence Forces across each branch. [6377/20]
It has not been possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy in the timeframe available. I shall provide the figures to the Deputy when they have been collated.
The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
I refer to PQ 6377/20, which requested the following information and for which it was not possible in the time available to compile all the necessary information:
There are currently 92 Instructor vacancies in the Defence Forces comprised of 68 in the army, 16 in the Navy, and 8 in the Air Corps.
I am advised by the military authorities that in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Defence Forces have suspended the majority of training activities, with the exception of necessary qualifications and skills for overseas deployment. This has allowed some instructors to be temporarily re-tasked.
Instructor appointments may be vacant because there is no individual assigned to that appointment, or because an individual assigned to that appointment is deployed overseas or is undertaking a course of instruction.
Questions Nos. 18 and 19 answered with Question No. 14.