Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (96)

Jack Chambers


96. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to examine additional recruitment measures to increase the numbers in the Defence Forces (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21320/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I have previously acknowledged retention challenges for certain specialists such as Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers and certain Technicians. This is reflective of the current economic circumstances and the availability of attractive job opportunities in the private and commercial semi-state sectors for such specialists.

To address vacancies in specialist positions, I have initiated a range of actions including directing civil and military management to develop proposals for the re-entry of suitably qualified former members of the Permanent Defence Force to fill such appointments. I have also directed that proposals for expanding direct entry for suitable posts also be developed. Work on these matters in ongoing.