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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 30 Jun 1999

Vol. 507 No. 3

Written Answers. - Army Bands.

Róisín Shortall


57 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Defence the future plans, if any, he has for the Army bands; the number in each band; the number of new recruits enlisted in the bands since January 1999; and if he has satisfied himself that the number of recruits meets his Department's proposals for the bands for the future. [16658/99]

I recently approved a proposal from the military authorities that the military band at the Curragh should be amalgamated with the band of the Eastern Brigade, the Army No. 1 Band. The amalgamation of these two bands does not involve any reduction in the overall numbers of musicians within the school of music as already provided for within the Defence Forces review implementation plan approved by the previous Government. Under the previous organisation of the Defence Forces, each Army Command – of which there were four, namely the Eastern, Curragh, Southern and Western Commands – had a military band. In the new organisational structure, which came into effect on 1 November last, these four commands were replaced by three brigades. Each of these three brigades, eastern, southern and western, has a band as part of its organisation, with the band of the former Curragh command being now amalgamated with the band of the Eastern Brigade.

The military authorities are of the opinion that this new organisation of the school of music will allow all of the Army bands to function to their full potential. Proposals for the recruitment of a small number of particular instrumentalists will be considered in the context of the Defence Forces review implementation plan.
The proposed eventual deployment of personnel of the Army School of Music is as follows: Eastern Brigade (Army No. 1 Band) 45; Southern Brigade 41; Western Brigade 41; HQ Administration 9; total 136.