Dáil Éireann - Volume 120 - 28 March, 1950
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Promotion of Reserve Officers.
Mr. Butler Mr. Butler
Mr. Butler asked the Minister for Defence whether he is aware that a number of Reserve Officers (first line) who received their commissions eight years ago still hold the probationary rank of second lieutenant, and  whether, in view of the damaging effect in their civilian life of this apparent reflection on their ability, he will state what steps he intends to take to have them promoted.
Minister for Defence (Dr. O'Higgins) Thomas Francis (Jnr.) O'Higgins
Minister for Defence (Dr. O'Higgins): I am aware that there are at the present time a number of officers of the Reserve of Officers—first line— who hold the rank of second lieutenant. Proposals in regard to the promotion to the rank of lieutenant of such of these officers as are regarded as having qualified for promotion are at present being considered.
Mr. Larkin Mr. Larkin
Mr. Larkin: Will the Minister not agree that it is even more damaging to military life that regular officers should be retained in the rank of second lieutenant from 1922 to 1939, many of them having had I.R.A. service, and that that requires more consideration than this particular matter?
Dr. O'Higgins Dr. O'Higgins
Dr. O'Higgins: Both of them require consideration and they are both under consideration.
Dáil Éireann 120 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. Promotion of Reserve Officers.