Written answers

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Recruitment

Photo of Fiona O'LoughlinFiona O'Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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101. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if colour blindness is an automatic disqualifier for application to the Defence Forces; if there have been changes to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20668/19]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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The conditions for entry to and service in the Permanent Defence Force, including the methodologies used for assessments, are subject to continuous review and modification having regard to the needs of the organisation and the development of best practices.

At present, all applicants must have normal colour vision to join the Defence Forces.

A Defence Forces Colour Vision Working Group was established to review the colour vision requirements for entry to the Defence Forces. The recommendations of this working group are under review.

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