Dáil Éireann - Volume 677 - 11 March, 2009

Written Answers. - Defence Forces Staff.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence if he will request that the military authorities alter the service record of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12. [10333/09]

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 was refused an AF154, army driving permit, for the purpose of obtaining a driving licence. [10334/09]

  Deputy Willie O’Dea: I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 and 170 together.

I am advised by the Military Authorities that the individual concerned was a qualified driver in the Cavalry Corps of the Permanent Defence Force until his discharge in 1972. The facility whereby a member of the Permanent Defence Force could apply for a driving licence on foot of a military driving permit was introduced by virtue of the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations, 1980 (S.I. No. 334 of 1980) and applied only to those permit holders who were members of the Permanent Defence Forces within the five years preceding the application . As the individual concerned was discharged from the Permanent Defence Force in 1972 he was not eligible to apply for a driving licence under this provision.

The facility whereby a member of the Reserve Defence Force could also apply for a driving licence on foot of a military driving permit was introduced by virtue of the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) Regulations, 1999 (S.I. No. 352 of 1999) and similarly applied only to those permit holders who were members of the Defence Forces in the five years preceding the application. As the individual concerned was discharged from the reserve in 1981 he was not eligible to apply for a driving licence under this provision.

[888] Having regard to the above, I do not consider that any change to the individual’s service record is warranted.