Ceisteanna - Questions

In view of the late start, I ask Deputies and the Minister of State to observe the time limits.

Before I ask my question, it is important that I respond to the Minister of State's statement. There is massive dismay and disappointment at the manner in which the Department of Defence has handled this process. It did not follow diplomatic protocols. The HR section of the Department made a fundamental error in the organisational process for the flight. This morning I received an email from a lady stating the families were devastated. They had been looking forward to their loved ones coming home. Their return has been delayed owing to a mess-up in following diplomatic protocols. It is important that there be political oversight in that regard. It was no average mess-up but an error on the part of the Department. There has been huge negative feedback from personnel who are due to take part in the next-----

I should clarify that the Minister of State made an announcement. I ask the Deputy to pose his question.

I will ask my question, but, first, it is important to say the Department of Defence has breached its own process in following diplomatic protocols.