Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
98. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Defence the level of funding by the State of the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers, RACO, and the Permanent Defence Forces Other Ranks Representative Association, PDFORRA; the number of staff that they both employ; and the numbers they represent. [15611/10]
Minister for Defence (Deputy Tony Killeen): PDFORRA receive an annual subvention of €68,568. The figure can be broken down as follows — Accommodation €43,172, Postage and Telephone expenses €25,396. RACO are provided with serviced office accommodation without charge and have access to the Department’s telephone network without charge. The payments to both Associations are made in accordance with Agreed Arrangements under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme. The General Secretary and the Assistant General Secretary of both PDFORRA and RACO are serving personnel and are seconded to their Associations without recovery of remuneration.
There are 8,442 enlisted personnel and 1,435 officers in the Permanent Defence Forces. Figures as to the percentage of enlisted personnel and officers represented by PDFORRA and RACO are not available. Details of the numbers of staff employed by the Representative Associations are not available.
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