Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (120)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

120. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if colour blindness is an automatic disqualifier for application to the Defence Forces; if there have been changes to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7707/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The conditions for entry to and service in the Permanent Defence Force, including the methodologies used for assessments, are subject to continuous review and modification having regard to the needs of the organisation and the development of best practices.

All applicants must have normal colour vision to join the Defence Forces.

The military authorities have informed me that a Defence Forces Colour Vision Working Group was established to review the colour vision requirements for joining the Defence Forces. This review is now in the final stages and recommendations will be presented in due course.