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Defence Forces

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 2 November 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

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Sorca Clarke

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461. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Defence when the ban due to Covid-19 concerns on the general use of Defence Forces accommodation facilities by the Reserve Defence Force will be removed. [52569/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The use of Defence Forces accommodation during the pandemic is considered under the Defence Forces Living with Covid-19 Plan, which is now in place and is reviewed by the Joint Operational Planning Group on a regular basis. This will afford more scope for Reserve Training within the parameters of government guidelines.

Proposals have been submitted relating to the use of Defence Forces accommodation by the Reserve Defence Forces and pilot projects have been approved, such as an Army Reserve Potential Officers Course. The Living with Covid-19 Plan will further facilitate the commencement of the Reserve Defence Force Induction Process with planned induction training to commence shortly.

I wish to assure the Deputy that the Government appreciates the service of the RDF and recognises its important contribution to Ireland's defence capability.

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