Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
85. Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Defence the major equipment purchases planned for 2009 and 2010; the progress being made in sourcing new equipment and vehicles; if the global economic downturn is resulting in a reduction in equipment prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17649/09]
98. Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Defence the way the €30 million reduction in defence spending, announced in the 7 April 2009 supplementary budget, will be achieved; the instances in which plans to acquire new equipment during 2009 will not proceed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17770/09]
As the Deputies are aware, there has been very significant investment in equipment and infrastructure in the Defence Forces over the past twelve years. The acquisition of new equipment for the Defence Forces remains a key focus for me as Minister for Defence. It is, however, imperative that my Department and the Defence Forces look to whatever efficiencies we can make taking into account the current difficult economic environment and the overall financial envelope available for the Department for military equipment over the coming years.
Several important equipment purchases will be advanced in 2009 and 2010 including the acquisition of Light Tactical Armoured Vehicles, three-quarter tonne 4 x 4 vehicles and two Heavy Recovery Vehicles for the Defence Forces. The Naval Service Ship replacement programme will also be advanced this year. Where it is possible to take advantage of price reductions, these will be pursued.
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