Written answers

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Department of Defence

Air Corps Recruitment

Photo of John CurranJohn Curran (Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)
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100. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of pilots and air traffic controllers who have been recruited to the Air Corps in 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of same in training to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10492/19]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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I am informed by the military authorities that, from January 2018 to date, six Air Corps Flying Officer Cadets were inducted and 5 are currently still in training.  Further recruitment will commence shortly with the launch of the 2019 Cadetship competition.

Actions are also underway to increase the number of qualified Air Traffic Controller (ATC) personnel in the Air Corps. While no such personnel were recruited during the period in question, 6 personnel are currently undertaking ATC training, and similar training is planned for 2019.


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