Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 21 April, 1999
Written Answers. - Defence Forces Ombudsman.
Mr. Power Mr. Power
100. Mr. Power asked the Minister for Defence his views on the appointment of an ombudsman for the Defence Forces. [10508/99]
Mr. M. Smith Mr. M. Smith
 Minister for Defence (Mr. M. Smith): The question of the appointment of an ombudsman for the Defence Forces has been raised by PDFORRA under the conciliation and arbitration scheme for the Permanent Defence Force. The terms of the scheme, which have been agreed with the association, provide that discussions under it are confidential to the parties involved. Accordingly, the Deputy will appreciate that it would not be appropriate of me to comment further on this issue.
Complaints procedures for the Defence Forces were agreed with PDFORRA and RACO and implemented with effect from May 1996. The procedures provide for the appointment of an independent complaints inquiry officer to investigate grievances on behalf of the Minister. A review of the procedures is being undertaken by sub-committees of the conciliation council established for that purpose and I anticipate that agreement with the associations on revised procedures will be reached at an early date.
Dáil Éireann 503 Written Answers. Defence Forces Ombudsman.