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Introduction (Extract from Statement)


The Minister for Defence is pleased to present the Output Statement for the Defence and Army Pensions Votes to the Dáil Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights.

Output Statements are a key element of the Budget and Estimates Reform measures announced by the Minister for Finance in Budget 2006. The Defence Output Statement describes the joint outputs of the civil and military elements of Defence and matches key outputs and strategic impacts to financial and staffing resources for the financial year. Information on performance against targets for 2007 is contained within the statement.

This is the second year of the Annual Statements and as anticipated, the Statements will continue to be refined and developed in the future with continued engagement with the Select Committee. Suggestions for improvement relating to this year’s Output Statement for the Defence Group of Votes should be addressed to: robert.mooney@defence.irlgov.ie or conor.oboyle@defenceforces.ie


1. Summary of Defence Mission and High Level Goals (Extract from Statement)

The Defence mission, as stated in the Strategy Statement 2008- 2010 As well as estimating outputs for 2008, this Statement details actual outputs for 2007. It should be noted that 2007 fell within the period comprehended by the Department of Defence and Defence Forces Statements of Strategy 2005-2007., is:

to provide for the military defence of the State, contribute to national and international peace and security and fulfil all other roles assigned by Government’.

The Strategy Statement sets out four High Level Goals for the Defence Organisation.

High Level Goal 1

To provide for the Defence of the State against armed aggression, by maintaining and developing appropriate military capabilities.

High Level Indicators

The Defence Forces, as envisaged in the White Paper – 10,500 Permanent Defence Force personnel, flexible, interoperable, well trained, with capabilities appropriate to the defence and security environment, comprising of an Army based on light infantry forces with an appropriate level of all-arms capability, a Naval Service based on an 8 ship flotilla, an Air Corps and, in addition, a re-organised Reserve with enhanced capabilities.

The Defence Forces meet capability development targets. See Defence capabilities framework (Annex A), for further information.


High Level Goal 2

To contribute to on-island security and stability by providing, on request, aid to the civil power (ATCP), aid to the civil authority (ATCA) and other emergency and non-emergency services.

High Level Indicators

100% response to all approved ATCP and ATCA requests.
Other emergency and non-emergency services delivered to defined Memoranda Of Understanding (MOU) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) specifications.

High Level Goal 3

To contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security through participation in approved UN- mandated peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations.

High Level Indicators

Meet all Government requirements for overseas peace support missions, etc.

Meet Mission Sponsor’s standards and requirements.

High Level Goal 4

To provide the best possible defence policy advice and military advice to the Minister in order to support management of all aspects of defence provision and facilitate planning for future needs.

High Level Indicators

Provision of high quality and timely policy advice and military advice.

Customer Service satisfaction rating.

Successful completion of Decentralisation programme.


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