Thursday, 8 October 2020

Ceisteanna (13, 35)

Peadar Tóibín


13. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Defence the recommendations from the completed report on non-pay retention measures; and if it will be shared with the representative associations. [29119/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Dara Calleary


35. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the details of the recommendations from the completed report on non-pay retention measures in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29135/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 35 together.

The Report of the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) on Recruitment and Retention in the Defence Forces was published on the 4th of July 2019. The Report was accepted in full by the Government at that time and, to facilitate implementation, an extensive High Level Plan titled "Strengthening our Defence Forces – Phase One” was also published on the same date.

The High Level Plan provides for actions or projects to be undertaken to deliver on the PSPC recommendations. It also proposes a timeframe for actions or projects to commence and identifies the lead actor to implement the action or project. The timeframe for commencement of actions is split into four distinct timelines i.e. immediate, short-term, medium-term and long-term.

The project to review non-pay retention measures in the Permanent Defence Force is one of the long-term projects being led jointly by my Department and the Defence Forces. The draft report was signed off on 30 September by the project team undertaking the review and it has now been submitted for formal approval.

The reports and documentation that are produced as a result of the implementation of the high level plan relate to the identification, examination and consideration of options to inform management deliberations and decisions. They do not, of themselves, represent final proposals, nor are they to be considered discussion documents for exchange with the Representative Associations or any other party.

Any proposals or decision that arise from these considerations, will be discussed with the Representative Associations where such issues fall within the scope of representation. My Department continues to engage with the associations on all matters that fall within this scope and not just those arising from the High Level Implementation Plan.

Question No. 14 answered with Question No. 6.