Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (123)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

123. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of deployed civilian CSDP experts who are retired members of the Defence Forces; the number who are retired members of An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7483/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Department of Foreign Affairs currently funds 17 Irish experts in civilian CSDP missions in Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and Africa. Seven of these experts have previously served with An Garda Síochána, and two are retired members of the Defence Forces.

The skills and experience these individuals have gained in their previous roles have been evaluated favourably within the competitive EEAS recruitment process for these civilian CSDP missions. I am proud of the contribution they make, alongside our other secondees drawn from other career backgrounds.