Dáil Éireann - Volume 411 - 31 October, 1991

Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

[2304] 56. Mr. Bell asked the Minister for Defence the total strength of the Permanent Defence Forces (a) by command, (b) by corps and (c) unit over the past five years; and the number by rank who have been graded “C” and therefore unable to perform full and active duties.

Minister for Defence (Mr. Daly): The total strength of the Permanent Defence Forces on 31 December in each of the past five years is as follows:

Year

Number

1987

13,104

1988

13,216

1989

12,859

1990

13,247

1991

13,112 (on 30 September)

Details of the strength in each command and corps are being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy.

The number of personnel graded medical category “C” on 30 June 1991, was 1,323. The position in relation to the performance of duties by these personnel is as follows: Full duties, 606; Unarmed regimental duties, 260; No regimental duties, 457.

Figures for previous years are not available.