Dáil debates

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Defence Forces

10:20 am

Photo of Cathal BerryCathal Berry (Kildare South, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I am conscious of the clock. The defence budget is a matter very close to my heart. I am looking for details. I understand about €2.25 billion of the national development fund has not been allocated yet. The budget in the Defence Forces is so small, I wonder if the Minister could consider giving it a boost with the national development plan funds.

There may be researchers looking at this transcript who will be putting manifestoes together for the next general election. If there was a commitment in the manifestoes to honour the recommendations of the Commission on the Defence Forces, that would go a long way. I am happy to wait for a written reply.


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