Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 01 April, 1999

Written Answers. - Air Corps Recruitment.

[369] 93. Mr. Barrett asked the Minister for Defence the situation regarding recruitment of pilots to the Air Corps; if any new cadets have been recruited; the situation in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9257/99]

125. Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Defence the situation regarding recruitment of pilots to the Air Corps; if any new cadets have been recruited; the situation in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9317/99]

Minister for Defence (Mr. M. Smith): I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 125 together.

I am satisfied with the position regarding the recruitment of Air Corps pilots. The following table sets out the numbers of Air Corps cadets recruited over the past four years.

Year

Air Corps Cadets Recruited

1995

10

1996

10

1997

10

1998

11

It is proposed to recruit a further 12 cadets for the Air Corps in 1999. There are a total of 83 pilots in the Air Corps at present. Seven cadets are due to be commissioned in 1999 and a further 11 are due for commissioning in 2000.