Dáil Éireann - Volume 668 - 26 November, 2008
Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.
Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Deputy Bernard J. Durkan
Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the anticipated strength of the Army, Navy and Air Corps over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43091/08]
Deputy Willie O’Dea Deputy Willie O’Dea
Deputy Willie O’Dea: The White Paper on Defence of February 2000 set out a figure of 10,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force as the strength sufficient to meet all foreseeable military requirements for the period comprehended by the White Paper (i.e. up to 2010). This remains the position. In common with other areas of the public service  a payroll cut of 3% has been applied to the Defence Forces for 2009. Recruitment to the Defence Forces will be rescheduled in order to meet the revised allocation.
Dáil Éireann 668 Written Answers. Defence Forces Strength.