Written Answers. - Data on Defence Forces.

Wednesday, 1 February 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 448 No. 4

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  148.  Mr. S. Ryan  Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney   the number of officers of Na Buan Óglaigh on 31 December 1994, who were holding acting higher ranks; the number of such appointments which are unpaid; the number of such ranks occassioned by United Nations, EU or other missions; the higher ranks held by Command and Corps; the reasons for such a number of acting higher paid ranks; and the number of officers by rank, corps and command who are serving beyond their normal retirement date. [2302/95]

Minister for Defence (Mr. Coveney): Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney  There were 198 officers of the Permanent Defence Force serving in acting ranks on 31 December, 1994. A breakdown on this number by rank, Corps and Command is given in the schedule which I will circulate with the Official Report.

Promotion to acting rank, mainly arises when officers are promoted to fill temporary vacancies created by the assignment of personnel on duty overseas with United Nations, European Union or other missions. Officers so promoted are normally made substantive in their new rank after a period of service in an acting capacity. Pay and allowances are the same for acting and substantive ranks.

On 31 December, 1994, 24 officers of the Permanent Defence Force were serving beyond normal retirement age. A breakdown of this number by rank, Corps and Command is given in the attached schedule.

[1029] Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Captain Total
Corps
Infantry 12 45 27 84
Artillery 2 6 3 11
Cavalry 5 6 11
Engineer 1 4 5
Signals 2 2 3 7
Ordance 2 1 3
Supply and Transport 5 8 13
Medical 1 3 4
Military Police 1 3 1 5
Air Corps 20 15 35
Naval Service 15 15
Observer Corps 1 1
Army School of Music 1 1 2 4
Totals 19 109 70 198
Commands
Eastern 14 41 22 77
Southern 1 8 6 15
Western 7 3 10
Curragh 4 19 21 44
Air Corps 19 16 35
Naval Service 15 2 17
Totals 19 109 70 198

Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Captain Total
Corps
Infantry 3 5 8 16
Cavalry 1 1 2
Engineer 1 1
Signals 2 1 3
Supply and Transport 1 1
Special Establishments 1 1
Totals 7 7 10 24
Commands
Eastern 5 3 4 12
Southern 1 2 3
Western 3 2 5
Curragh 2 2 4
Totals 7 7 10 24


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