Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (67)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

67. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Reserve Defence Force with regard to all three services and ranks by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11382/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The strength of the Reserve Defence Force, as of 31 January 2019, is set out below:

Service 

 Total Effective Personnel

 Female Personnel

 Army Reserve

1659 

 219

 Naval Reserve

132 

 22

 First Line Reserve

288

*A breakdown by gender is currently unavailable. 

*A breakdown by gender is currently unavailable. 

The White Paper on Defence (2015) is clear that there is a continued requirement to retain and develop the Reserve Defence Force. The Government remains committed to the ongoing development of the RDF within the framework set out in the White Paper.

Question No. 68 answered with Question No. 66.