Thursday, 25 March 2021

Questions (92)

John Lahart

Question:

92. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are currently involved; the number of personnel involved in each mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16257/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

As of 2 March 2021, Ireland is contributing 568 personnel to 10 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 346 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 132 personnel.  Ireland also contributes observers and staff to various United Nations and OSCE missions and personnel to staff appointments at UN, EU, NATO/PfP and OSCE headquarters.

Ireland has always been a strong supporter of the United Nations and UN Peacekeeping.  Our commitment and support for the primary role of the United Nations, in the maintenance of international peace and security, is expressed in Ireland's long-standing tradition of participating in UN peacekeeping operations.  This commitment is also expressed in our engagement in the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Full details of all personnel currently serving in missions overseas are listed in the tabular statement below. 

MEMBERS OF THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE SERVING OVERSEAS

AS OF 02 MARCH 2021

UN MISSIONS 

 

UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) HQ

UNIFIL 117th Infantry Battalion

UNIFIL Sector West HQ

8

334

4

UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) Israel & Syria

12

MINUSMA (United Nations mission in MALI)

14

MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara)

2

MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic of the Congo) 

3

UNDOF (COS Staff/FHQ Staff - Camp Faouar - Bravo side)

UNDOF 62nd Infantry Group (Camp Faouar - Bravo side) 

8

124

TOTAL

509

UN MANDATED MISSIONS

 

EUFOR (EU-led Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina)

EUTM Mali (EU-led Training Mission) 

19

KFOR (International Security Presence in Kosovo) HQ 

13 

Naval Service EU Mission (Op Irini HQ) 

 

TOTAL NUMBER  OF PERSONNEL SERVING WITH UN MISSIONS

549

 

 

ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE)

 

Staff Officer, High Level Planning Group, Vienna

1

EU MILITARY STAFF

 

Brussels

6

MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES/ADVISERS/STAFF

 

Military Adviser, Permanent Mission to UN, New York

2

Military Adviser, Irish Delegation to OSCE, Vienna

1

Military Representative in PSC Delegation (Brussels)

4

Liaison Office of Ireland, NATO/PfP (Brussels)

3

EU OHQ Operation Althea, Mons, Belgium

1

Irish Liaison Officer to SHAPE & Military Co-Op Division, Mons, Belgium          

1

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEFENCE FORCES PERSONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS

568