Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (110)

Jack Chambers


110. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the progress made in the implementation of each of the 88 projects under the White Paper on Defence in tabular form; the number of projects commenced and the date on which they commenced; the number completed; the proposed starting date for those that have not been initiated; and the timeframe for completion. [47840/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

During scoping of the White Paper implementation programme, a total of 88 actions or projects were specifically identified on a joint civil-military basis along with seven sub-projects in the capability development area. As the projects are implemented, projects may be sub-divided augmenting the numbers so currently the number to be implemented stands at 95 and this number will be subject to further change as the process evolves. Implementation of these specific actions is being carried out by civil-military teams on a phased basis over a ten-year period out to 2025. Implementation on a phased basis is necessary in order to reflect Programme for a Partnership Government and Strategy Statement commitments, the related nature of some projects and resourcing implications. White Paper projects are being implemented with continuous civil/military oversight of progress. This is being evaluated further as part of the White Paper Update.

The 95 specific projects arising from the White Paper represent a subset of the totality of the work being carried out as part of the implementation process and the following table is a breakdown of the progress made to date:

No. of Projects Commenced

Date on which they commenced

No. of Projects Completed

Proposed Starting date for those not yet initiated

Timeframe for Completion


2015 to 2019


2020 - 2025


*While it is currently intended to have all projects initiated or completed by the end of the ten year implementation programme, work in certain areas will continue beyond 2025 in order to ensure that changes, improvements and actions envisaged in the White Paper are fully implemented and to assure that positive outcomes endure and are embedded in the day to day business of the Defence Organisation.

The attached table in the following link shows a more detailed breakdown of the 42 Projects which have commenced. I would note that some projects with recorded project start dates of 1 January 2016 may have commenced the project planning process during 2015.

Table - 42 Projects