Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 718 No. 3

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  236.  Deputy Lucinda Creighton  Information on Lucinda Creighton  Zoom on Lucinda Creighton   asked the Minister for Defence which recommendations contained in  Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen   the McCarthy report pertain to his Department; the detail of each and proposed savings relating to his Department; which of these have been implemented to date and the expected savings to be achieved on each of these in one calendar year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36981/10]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Tony Killeen): Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  Following the publication of the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes in July 2009, the recommendations relating to the Defence sector were given full consideration.

With the exception of the recommendation to close the Equitation School, which has not been accepted, all of the main savings identified by the Special Group have been implemented, or alternative savings identified, as follows:

Report of the Special Group on Public Numbers and Expenditure Programmes Implementation progress 2010 Estimated Savings
Reduction of Permanent Defence Force numbers. 9.0
Government approval was secured in the context of Budget 2010 for a level of 10,000 all ranks. Civilian employee numbers are also reducing.
Rationalise Ireland’s overseas commitments — end participation in UN mission in Chad. 7.0
Ireland’s commitments in Kosovo were significantly reduced in April 2010. Numbers in Bosnia-Herzegovina are being scaled back at the end of 2010.
The Irish contingent withdrew from Chad in May 2010.*.
Reduce the Reserve Defence Force by two-thirds.The number of paid training days for RDF members has been reduced. 4.0
Close the sail training scheme (Asgard II) 0.8
The sail training scheme has been discontinued.
Reduce Departmental staff numbers in proportion to the reduction in the Permanent Defence Force. 0.5
Recommended reduction has been achieved.
Further Consolidation of property portfolio. 5.0
Additional property sales are progressing.
Charge the full economic cost of Aid to the Civil Power, Aid to the Civil Authority, etc. to the relevant bodies. 3.0
The Central Bank has paid for security services provided to them and the Department are continuing to pursue the other bodies for the relevant cost.

In the context of Budget 2011 all opportunities for cost reductions are being critically examined. Within the resources available I intend to retain the capacity of the Defence organisation to operate effectively across all roles while contributing to the necessary public service economies.

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