Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Defence Forces Veterans: Discussion

Mr. Colm Campbell:

We would certainly look at it. We have not examined it - I will be honest with the Senator. Would we look at it? Yes, absolutely.

On Deputy Berry's questions, we understand that there are about 140,000 veterans in the State made up of approximately 50,000 from the permanent Defence Forces and about 90,000 from the Reserve Defence Forces. Of the 50,000 personnel from the permanent Defence Forces, fewer than 13,000 are on a pension, as Deputy Stanton said. One can take that to mean that 37,000 are not on a pension. There are about 140,000 veterans. That figure was used in the Dáil a number of years ago when Members were examining the hearing claims at the time. That is where we took the figure of 140,000 from. The Deputy's next question was for IUNVA, and was about funding in particular.