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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Personnel Data

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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123. To ask the Minister for Defence the number of personnel in the Defence Forces explosive ordnance disposal teams, in each of the years 2012 to 2015 to date, in tabular form. [41100/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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For security and operational reasons, it would not be appropriate for me to provide the details sought in the question.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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124. To ask the Minister for Defence the number of personnel in the Army Rangers in each of the years 2012 to 2015 to date, by location, by base, in tabular form. [41101/15]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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This Unit is officially designated 'Sciathán Fianóglach an Airm', which is normally translated into English as 'The Army Ranger Wing'. In the recently published White Paper on Defence, the Government has committed to further enhance the capabilities of the Army Ranger Wing, in particular with the aim of increasing the strength of the unit considerably. As the Army Ranger Wing is the Special Operations Force of the Defence Forces the exact number of personnel in it or their location is not released into the public domain, for reasons of operational security.

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