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Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Carol Nolan: Yes, it has done superb work.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I would think it highly unlikely, and see no reason, that the PBO would have any vested interest in misrepresenting any fact.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Carol Nolan: Absolutely. It is clarity that is needed.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We will take the matter up.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: In my 18 years as a Member of the Oireachtas, the Library and Research Service and now the Parliamentary Budget Office have been an absolutely great source of information. Whatever information was sought from my Department by the PBO, we handed over. This was totally independent of Government and my Department. I had absolutely no influence over it whatsoever. Neither the Government nor...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We will have to come back to the matter because we are way over time. Perhaps the Minister of State will correspond-----

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: I wish to make just one further comment on that. There are 35 officers, former members of the Defence Forces and the officer corps, in respect of whom expressions of interest have come back in. This is something I really pushed. Quite a number of pilots - five, I think - have re-enlisted already and more have shown interest in returning into the organisation.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We hope Deputy Berry is not one of them and that he is happy to stay here. Is Deputy Pringle sharing time with Deputy Harkin?

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Thomas Pringle: Yes. I wish to ask a number of questions, and perhaps the Minister of State could respond to them before Deputy Harkin comes in with her five minutes. I compliment, as all Members have done, the very important and very welcome role the Defence Forces have played in the Covid-19 crisis. My first question concerns the aircraft. This has been discussed by a couple of Members already. The...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: This is probably a matter for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Coveney, but I agree wholeheartedly with the Deputy. When one looks at what has happened in this country, specifically in the past nine or ten years, one sees the amount of people who have become Irish citizens. They are black and white and from different races and ethnic backgrounds. It has...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Carol Nolan: I want to begin by thanking the Minister of State's office for the constructive engagement it had with myself and my staff on Lebanon and the UNIFIL soldiers returning home. I was contacted by many constituents who were left struggling with everyday issues such as childcare and work duties. The decision made by the Secretary General of the United Nations to suspend the rotations was...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Healy-Rae: I am sharing time with Deputy Nolan. Like everybody else in this country, I was absolutely shocked, horrified and disgusted at the recent death of Mr. George Floyd over in America. I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the minute's silence for people who have been victims of racism in all different ways. This particular act hit a chord with everybody, not only in government but also on the...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Cathal Berry: Understood. To clarify, my question is when we will have the first person in uniform and working. That is what induction means. I see my role here as to facilitate and advise and maybe gently nudge things along rather than being adversarial. I have no intention of being adversarial. There is a group of people, the Army nursing service, that I suspect people in the Chamber may not be...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: I will come back to the Deputy on this issue.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Cathal Berry: I thank the Minister of State. To move on to the Naval Service, we know that two Naval Service ships have been in Cork Harbour for approximately 12 months. We recognise there was some miscommunication approximately 12 months ago as to whether they were in for maintenance or because of a lack of personnel and sailors. As of this date, 3 June 2020, why are the two ships still in Cork...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: There are particular challenges in the Naval Service. Given the highly specialised nature of personnel, staffing shortages have had a significant impact. At present, the Naval Service has 898 personnel and its establishment strength is 1,094. This means there is a shortage of 200 personnel. As personnel return to career courses, it is likely we will have ongoing challenges in the Naval...

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Thank you.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: People have to spend long periods at sea. We have to make sure they are financially rewarded for this.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Berry has further questions.

Covid-19 (Defence): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Kehoe: I ask that it is specifically looked at by the next Government.

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