Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Ceisteanna (103)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

103. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of cook allowances and back pay agreed in recent years for the Army Ranger Wing of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23424/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

There are a number of outstanding Adjudication findings across the Public Service, two of which are the Defence Forces Cooks technical pay and the Army Ranger Wing Allowance, that could not be implemented having regard to the provisions of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009-2015.

The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020, provides for consideration of a process to address any outstanding adjudications, having due regard to the question of their continued validity and cost implications.

The Official side had discussions with PDFORRA on the process, under the Conciliation and Arbitration scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force. Pursuant to these discussions the High Court granted PDFORRA leave to seek Judicial Review.

As this matter is currently the subject of High Court proceedings, it would not be appropriate for me to comment at this time.