Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (46)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

46. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which Project Ireland 2040 is likely to affect the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10390/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

Project Ireland 2040 is the Government’s overarching policy initiative to make Ireland a better country for all of us, a country that reflects the best of who we are and what we aspire to be. The National Development Plan 2018 – 2027, a key part of Project Ireland 2040, recognises that Defence provides part of the societal bedrock which allows society to function and thus contributes to national wellbeing across political, social, economic and environmental elements. The increased investment in Defence under the Plan will provide a foundation of support in respect of other key sectors.

The importance of capital investment in Defence has been recognised in the National Development Plan by the allocation of €541 million for Defence capital funding for the period 2018 to 2022. This capital funding will allow the Defence Organisation to undertake a programme of sustained equipment replacement and infrastructural development as identified and prioritised in the Defence White Paper.

The principal aim over this period will be to replace and upgrade, as required, existing capabilities in order to retain a flexible response for a wide range of operational requirements, both at home and overseas.

In addition, during the lifetime of the National Development Plan, modernisation and renewal of Defence Forces built infastructure and barracks will be advanced in military installations throughout the country.

The capital investment in the National Development Plan emphasises the importance attached by the Government to ensuring that the Defence Forces have the capability necessary to deliver on all roles assigned by Government.

Question No. 47 answered with Question No. 35.