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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Although Deputy Bruton is not present, his question has been grouped with Question No. 79, which will be introduced by an Teachta Ó Cuív.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Question No. 79 asks how the Minister intends to implement the recommendation of the Commission on the Defence Forces for the enhancement of Defence Forces structures across the cyber domain. Can the Minister also tell us what the plans are on cybersecurity and the role of the Defence Forces in that, which most people think should be central to it?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 79 together. There will be a new cyber command within new Defence Force structures. That will report into the Defence Forces headquarters, which will be headed up by what is called a CHOD, which is a military term for a chief of defence. We envisage that the cyber role of the Defence Forces will be increasingly important in security terms. People...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I welcome that response. In building up this cyber capability, will the reality of the need to attract very skilled people into this space in the military be taken into account in laying out the type of salary levels and conditions that these people will work under? If one wants to attract and retain very high quality people, one will have to pay the competitive wage for such people from...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: More generally on the wage issue, let us not forget that the Defence Forces are part of the public sector pay negotiation. Both PDFORRA, which has been campaigning on this issue for years, and the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers, RACO, asked me to facilitate the associate membership of their organisations in the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU, for the purposes of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I take it that the Minister would accept that in the past, certain specialists had special salaries, for example medical personnel, and so forth, within the military. Otherwise, they would not have been attracted to work in that sector because of the salaries available outside of it for people so qualified. Can I take it that the rates that would be set for people like this with very...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: Yes, but it will have to change within public sector pay policy. That is not to say that we cannot strategically use allowances within the Defence Forces in a way that perhaps gets better outcomes and the commission makes some recommendations in that regard. Undoubtedly, we have to find a way of ensuring that we have a sufficient number of specialists, particularly in the cybersecurity...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cybersecurity Policy (28 Jun 2022)

Catherine Connolly: We will move on to the final questions now. We will not have the full time for it and I ask Deputy Richmond to start the questions, in any event.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

Ukraine War

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

Neale Richmond: 80. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the supports his Department has sent to Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33648/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

James Lawless: 108. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will be authorising any further defence supports for Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34151/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

Neale Richmond: Briefly, my question is to ask the Minister what supports his Department has given to the people of Ukraine.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 108 together. My Department, along with the Defence Forces and the Civil Defence, has been working across Government to provide a range of supports in response to the Ukrainian crisis. Following a direct request from Ukraine, the Defence Forces has provided approximately 10 tonnes or 5,000 units of ready-to-eat meals and 200...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

Neale Richmond: Briefly, I thank the Minister very much for that fulsome reply. When he mentions ambulances, a question I would put to the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, is to ask that An Garda Síochána might follow the example of the PSNI, which has been asked by the Ukrainian police to send surplus equipment. In the Minister's own opinion, does he believe that we could be doing more? He...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (28 Jun 2022)

David Stanton: What is the current position on work-life balance and maternity leave and paternity leave in the Defence Forces? Are there plans to improve this?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (28 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: As for accommodation, if there are people sleeping in their cars, I would like to hear the details of that. I have heard people say that before and I always ask for the details but I have not got them yet. It may have happened. I do not know. If it is happening, it should not be and we should be addressing it. We are investing a lot of badly needed money in accommodation in various...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (28 Jun 2022)

Defence Forces

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (28 Jun 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: 77. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when it is intended to make decisions on the recent report of the Commission on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33620/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (28 Jun 2022)

Aindrias Moynihan: 85. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeframe for completion of inter-Government consultations and a draft for an action plan in respect of recommendations of the report of the Commission on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34202/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (28 Jun 2022)

Bernard Durkan: 89. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps that have been taken to address the issues raised in the recent report on the Defence Forces; the extent to which the report is likely to be embraced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34152/22]

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