Wednesday, 3 February 2021
Department of Defence
338. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the breakdown of the 529 Irish troops serving in UN peacekeeping operations by the location they are stationed in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5413/21]
343. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of overseas missions in which the Defence Forces are currently involved; the number of personnel involved in each mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5525/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 and 343 together.
As of 5 January 2021, Ireland is contributing 586 personnel to 10 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 350 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria with 138 personnel.
The UNIFIL mission in Lebanon continues to represent Ireland's largest overseas deployment and on 15 May 2020 the Government approved the continued participation of the Defence Forces in UNIFIL for a further 12 month period. Irish troops are currently serving as part of a joint Irish-Polish Battalion in UNIFIL.
In relation to UNDOF, Defence Forces personnel are currently based in Camp Faouar on the Syrian side of the area of separation.On 12 June 2020, the Government approved the continued participation of the Defence Forces in UNDOF for a 12 month period up to June 2021.
Full details of all personnel currently serving in missions overseas are listed in the tabular statement below.
MEMBERS OF THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE SERVING OVERSEAS AS OF 05 JANUARY 2021
|UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) HQ |
UNIFIL 117th Infantry Battalion
UNIFIL Sector West HQ
|UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) Israel & Syria||11|
|MINUSMA (United Nations mission in MALI)||14|
|MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara)||1|
|MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic of the Congo)||3|
|UNDOF (COS Staff/FHQ Staff - Camp Faouar - Bravo side) |
UNDOF 62nd Infantry Group (Camp Faouar - Bravo side)
|UN MANDATED MISSIONS|
|EUFOR (EU-led Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina)||5|
|EUTM Mali (EU-led Training Mission)||20|
|KFOR (International Security Presence in Kosovo) HQ||13|
|Naval Service EU Mission (Op Irini HQ)|| |
|TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL SERVING WITH UN MISSIONS||558|
|ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE (OSCE)|
|Staff Officer, High Level Planning Group, Vienna||1|
|EU MILITARY STAFF|
|EU BATTLE GROUP|
|German Led Battle Group 2020-2, FHQ, Stadtallendorf||10|
|Military Adviser, Permanent Mission to UN, New York||1|
|Military Adviser, Irish Delegation to OSCE, Vienna||1|
|Military Representative in PSC Delegation (Brussels)||4|
|Liaison Office of Ireland, NATO/PfP (Brussels)||3|
|EU OHQ Operation Althea, Mons, Belgium||1|
|Irish Liaison Officer to SHAPE & Military Co-Op Division, Mons, Belgium||1|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF DEFENCE FORCES PERSONNEL SERVING OVERSEAS||586|