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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Veterans Associations Funding

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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2. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to recognise all veteran organisations in view of the active participation and involvement of veterans in organisations beyond those that receive State funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2726/20]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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There are a range of ex-service associations, including comrades associations, officer and enlisted personnel associations.

My Department formally recognises two veterans’ associations, O.N.E (Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann - Organisation of National Ex-Service men and Women) and IUNVA (Irish United Nations Veterans Association). 

These associations represent all former Defence Forces personnel irrespective of rank. My Department provides funding to both associations and there are no plans to formally recognise other veterans' organisations.


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