Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (126)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

126. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 135 of 20 November 2018, when the information will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8341/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The information requested by the Deputy in Question Number 135 of 20 November 2018 was not available within the given timeframe when asked. The Military Authorities have now provided the required data and I am in a position to issue a response.

In line with other sectors, sick leave statistics for the Permanent Defence Force are compiled annually and provided to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (D/PER). These statistics are used in order to track the level of absenteeism across the Public Service. The absentee rates for the Public Service are then published by D/PER.

As per Defence Force Regulation A12, sick leave may be granted to a member of the Permanent Defence Force, on the recommendation of a Medical Officer, or if not practicable, on the recommendation of a civilian medical practitioner.

The total number of sick leave days taken by members of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, in each year since 2009, by officer and enlisted personnel, are set out in tabular form.

Year

Army Officer

Army - Other Ranks

Air Corps Officer

Air Corps - Other Ranks

Naval Service Officer

Naval Service - Other Ranks

2018

1314

69290

314

7691

622

7502

2017

1309

63382

533

5912

475

6706

2016

1210

61966

517

4359

229

6643

2015

1354

54909

515

4328

358

6669

2014

1487

46837

510

4132

420

5488

2013

1502

48498

404

4223

387

5008

2012

1600

45448

200

3190

284

4830

2011

1799

50200

195

2592

359

5359

2010

1529

57507

404

3326

411

5648

2009

1805

52900

350

3392

281

5823