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Ceisteanna Eile (Atógáil) - Other Questions (Resumed): Defence Forces (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Coveney: The biggest challenge we have is in personnel. At the moment, the numbers in our Defence Forces are a long way short of where we need to be. That is the case not only in the Naval Service but also in the Army and the Air Corps. We must turn the tide to start gaining momentum and achieving a sense that we are adding people each year, as a net figure. As I said earlier, if we are to achieve...

Ceisteanna Eile (Atógáil) - Other Questions (Resumed): Defence Forces (6 Oct 2022)

Bernard Durkan: Is the Minister satisfied of the Government's ability to address the retention and enlargement issues in the Defence Forces? That enlargement of the Defence Forces needs to take place to achieve many of the targets for the future that have been laid out. Have the particular and specific issues that have been retarding the retention of people, or the attraction of new people, been identified...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Brendan Griffin: It is vitally important that there is a goal, a target and a roadmap. Again, I congratulate the Minister on his achievement in the budget. That has to be met in future years, whichever parties are in government, because there is a lot of catching up to be done. I welcome the Minister's clarification in relation to the index-linking of expenditure. I have a question coming up shortly on...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Coveney: There will always be incidents that test our systems and capacity. Last year, we were talking about our experience of getting people out of Kabul. People were rightly raising the question of whether we have a medium-range lift capacity in our Defence Forces which would enable them to take people out of a part of the world where we need to get people out quickly, and what we are doing about...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Departmental Funding

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Jim O'Callaghan: 74. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the projects to be financed by the increased defence capital allocation announced in budget 2023; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48994/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Sorca Clarke: 90. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence in view of the increase in capital funding of €35 million in budget 2023, his plans for national security investment under his remit. [49010/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Jim O'Callaghan: The budget last week was a very good one, from the Minister's Department's point of view. I commend the Minister and the Government on increasing funding for the Department. As has been mentioned previously by both Deputies Richmond and Griffin, one of the most positive aspects of that was the increase in capital funding by €35 million, bringing the total capital fund up to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Coveney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 90 together. For 2023, the total allocation for Vote 36 – defence is €893 million, which is an overall increase of €57 million on 2022, doubling the increase for defence from last year. As the Deputy said, the defence capital allocation has increased by €35 million, up to €176 million. In truth, we will spend more...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Jim O'Callaghan: I thank the Minister for his answer. I am pleased to hear that there is to be significant investment in capital projects for the Naval Service. As the Minister is aware and as commentary has indicated, it has always been viewed a bit as the Cinderella of the Defence Forces. I like the fact that the Minister may be coming as the Prince Charming to give more money to the Naval Service. ...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Coveney: What I did not mention previously in terms of capital investment next year was the actual physical build investment in the Defence Forces training camp at the Curragh, the development of a student facility in Galway, along with facilities improvements and accommodation upgrades in multiple different barracks locations. I should mention that. What happened with Nord Stream 1 and Nord...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (6 Oct 2022)

Jim O'Callaghan: The Minister is echoing the point, in many respects, that was made by the Commission on the Defence Forces in its recent report. It noted that the Naval Service currently does not have the capabilities required to closely monitor activity below the waves. Obviously, that report came out before what appears to have been a malicious attack on the Nord Stream pipelines. We need to be vigilant...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (6 Oct 2022)

John Brady: I fully support level of ambition 2 and increasing the capacity of the navy and its ability to put ships to sea, which is something that is currently tying our hands in providing the security that is needed for these essential data cables. There is a serious anomaly in that the responsibility in legislation falls to An Garda Síochána to provide security for such cables. There is a...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Coveney: There is ongoing work between An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces to ensure that when the latter need to provide an aid to civil power or support for the Garda, it happens in as seamless a way as we can make it. Ireland needs to look at its broader defence and security policy, including the relationship between An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces, whether in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Departmental Budgets

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: 73. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which the extra €67 million budget allocation will be spent in 2023; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48988/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Neale Richmond: 88. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the funding provided for the Defence Forces in budget 2023; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48885/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Brendan Griffin: I welcome the increased allocation for the Department of Defence that was announced in the budget. Will the Minister outline how that increased funding, which is very welcome, will be spent in 2023?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Budgets (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Coveney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 88 together. For 2023, the total allocation for the Defence group is €1.174 billion, comprising €893 million for Vote 36, Defence, and €281 million for Vote 35, Army pensions. This is an overall increase of €67 million on 2022 and double the increase last year. The allocation reflects the commitment of the Government to...

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