Written Answers. - Defence Forces Personnel.

Jack Wall

Ceist:

129 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Defence if consideration will be given to the application by a person (details supplied) in County Carlow for a transfer from Kilkenny Barracks to the Coolmooney Camp in the Glen of Imal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19002/03]

The position is that the individual in question who is currently on leave submitted an application for transfer on 23 May 2003 and this is currently being processed in accordance with normal procedures.

The transfer of a member of the Permanent Defence Force from one service unit to another is entirely a matter for the military authorities in the light of operational requirements. Each transfer application is examined by the military authorities having regard to factors such as the manpower level of the unit in which the applicant is serving, the number of transfer applications already on hand, the seniority of the applicant within the unit and the existence of a suitable vacancy in the unit to which the applicant wishes to transfer.