Tuesday, 8 May 1990
Dáil Éireann Debate
37. Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Defence when he will implement the decision announced at the recent Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis to open Army apprenticeships to women; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mr. Lenihan: I would refer the Deputy to my answer to Questions Nos. 4 and 11 in the Dáil on 6 February last in which I stated that when a competition for apprentices is next advertised it will provide for an intake of women. It did not require the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis for that to be stated here in this House.
Mr. McCartan: I will advise Deputy Rabbite of that but, in the meantime, can the Minister tell us how many female apprentices will be taken in and what accommodation arrangements are being made for them? As I understand it, to date little progress has been made in that regard.
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