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DÁIL QUESTIONS WITH THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE ON PERSONNEL

52.Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he is taking to address the personnel gaps in the Defence Forces; the areas in which these gaps are most acute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52732/17]

Deputy Paul Kehoe: From the most recent figures available, the strength of the Permanent Defence Force is currently 9,219 personnel, or 97% of the establishment of 9,500 personnel. To return to and maintain the agreed strength levels, significant targeted recruitment has taken place in 2017 which resulted to date in 702 personnel being inducted, comprising general service recruits, cadets and specialists for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. Similar recruitment campaigns are being planned for 2018.

BROUGHAN WELCOMES AIR CORPS RECRUITMENT DRIVE

Deputy Broughan was concerned to see recent reports that the transplant transport service was working under reduced capacity due to personnel issues in the Air Corps and so asked a number of Parliamentary Questions to ascertain the extent of this problem. Deputy Broughan had submitted these questions for consideration as oral PQs with the Minister for Defence but received the written replies today.