Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (76, 77)

Michael Moynihan

Ceist:

76. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the staffing levels in the Naval Service in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33204/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Michael Moynihan

Ceist:

77. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the staffing levels in the Air Corps in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33205/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 77 together.

The following table shows the staffing levels (Whole Time Equivalent) in the Naval Service and Air Corps in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019: -

Year

 Naval Service Strength (WTE)

 Air Corps Strength (WTE)

 2015

1,083 

748 

 2016

1,090 

704 

 2017

1,053 

734 

 2018

989 

725 

 2019*

 955

 708

  * As at 30th June 2019, the latest date for which this data is available.

 The Government remains committed to returning to, and maintaining the agreed strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel as set out in the White Paper on Defence (2015).