Timmins, Billy

Thursday, 1 April 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 503 No. 2

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Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Reserve Defence Force Study.

Does the Minister agree the FCA has been the poor relation through the years? In the first two years of training, 64 per cent of FCA personnel leave. There are a number of reasons for this – it takes ...More Button

Does the £17 million which is spent on pay include pay for the members of Permanent Defence Force who carry out the training for the FCA?More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Baldonnel Aerodrome.

Asked the minister: the recent meetings, if any, he has had with private consortia to discuss the use of facilities at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Will the Minister confirm if the companies or consortia to which he referred are small companies with one or two aircraft, a large company or another airline?More Button

Will the Minister agree that if the Baldonnel Aerodrome were opened up to another airline there would be many benefits not only for the Air Corps vis-á-vis investment but for people from the south-eas...More Button

On what grounds are there objections to this concept?More Button

Other Questions. - FCA Recruitment.

It has come to my attention that some of the FCA centres have difficulty in having medical examinations carried out, vis-á-vis the availability of a doctor. Is it still the practice that a general med...More Button

I disagree with the Minister regarding the height assessment. The Minister's recollection of the figures regarding the re-examinations in the southern command shows a powerful recall ability, but I ra...More Button

Research carried out in the University of Limerick shows there is no correlation between height and the ability to carry certain weights. The Minister said he discriminated positively in favour of fem...More Button

Other Questions. - Army Barracks.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's report on the value for money examination of defence property, which we received today, referred to the closure of the six barracks but it also mentions that, due...More Button

Other Questions. - Naval Service Resources.

I urge the Minister to consider the request for the Navy to participate in this exercise in a positive light. Will he agree such training can be of benefit only to our Naval personnel?More Button

Other Questions. - FCA Training.

Sixty three thousand man days have been allocated to the FCA in 1999. Based on the fact that the FCA has 14,000 members, this would enable only 9,000 members to avail of the week's training. Will the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Asked the minister: the expenditure allocated to the Civil Defence for each of the years 1997 and 1998; the amount availed of in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Red Cross Society.

Asked the minister: the expenditure allocated to the Red Cross for each of the years 1997 and 1998; the amount availed of in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button


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