Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (66, 68)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

66. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Permanent Defence Force with regard to all three services and ranks by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11381/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

68. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Permanent Defence Force has taken on to date in 2019 with regard to all three services by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11383/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 68 together.

The most recent figures, as of 31 January 2019, give the whole time equivalent strength of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) as 8,921 personnel. The requested breakdown is provided in the following link.

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The military authorities have advised that no recruits have been inducted into the PDF to date but, in accordance with the recruitment plan, recruit inductions will take place later this month.