Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Funding

Sorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein)
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365. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated cost in 2021 if the capital budget for Defence Forces capability development increased by 15%. [44133/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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In 2021, the overall Defence Capital funding envelope will increase by €18 million to €131 million. This significant allocation demonstrates the Government’s commitment to Defence and will facilitate an ongoing programme of equipment replacement and infrastructural development, as set out in the Defence Equipment Development Plan and Defence Infrastructure Development Plan, which align with Defence White Paper objectives.

The planned provision for 2021 'Capability Development', as part of the Defence Capital envelope, is €83.15 million. The full year cost of increasing this allocation by 15% would be approximately €12.5 million.

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