Thursday, 21 January 2021

Questions (168)

Paul Murphy

Question:

168. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Defence the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for a position with the Naval Service as a radio and radar technician; his plans to change the entry age limit; if so, the date on which such a change will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3243/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The age limits for personnel wishing to enter the Defence Forces are as set out in Regulations made pursuant to the Defence Act 1954, as amended. The Defence Forces have a derogation on age grounds under the Employment Equality Acts.

The military authorities have advised that the status of the application outlined in the details supplied to the question is that the applicant did not meet the age criteria for the competition. The age requirement is applicable to all candidates and exceptions cannot be made in individual cases.

An independently chaired review is underway at present which is examining recruitment practices and procedures in the Defence Forces. I await the completion of that report and any recommendations that may arise, including those relating to entry criteria.