O'Dea Prioritises Greater recruitment of women and Greater opportunities for promotion from within the ranks
Speaking following his visit today to Dun Ui Mhaoiliosa (Mellows Barracks) in Renmore, Galway, the Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea stated:
"Throughout my nationwide tour of barracks I have been struck by the sheer professionalism and dedication of our Defence Force personnel. The Irish Defence Forces have seen huge improvements and development since the publication of the White Paper on Defence back in 2000. We are now exactly half way through that programme and I am extremely pleased to report that my Department's commitments in that Paper are being met to deadline."
"The significant level of investment by this Government into the Irish Defence Forces has ensured the quality of training, equipment and facilities have improved dramatically over the past eight years and morale has never been higher. Nonetheless, during the course of my nationwide tour of barracks and one-to-one discussions with troops on the ground I have been struck by two key areas in which I believe more work needs to be done:
1. Greater recruitment of women and,
2. Greater opportunities for promotion from within the ranks."
"The number of woman recruited each year is in direct proportion to the number of women applying - approximately 9%. While a lot is being done already to encourage more women to apply, I intend to review the measures in place over the coming weeks with a view to maximising the number of women applicants into the Irish Defence Forces. As a former Junior Minister with responsibility for Equality issues, I have considerable experience in this area. I believe it is important for me now in my capacity as Minister for Defence to ensure a career for women in the Defence Forces is fully promoted and encouraged for the benefit of this country as a whole."
"I am also determined to see that more is done to remove the glass ceiling to promotion in the army. Every private soldier joining the army should have a reasonable expectation of being promoted to senior officer level by virtue of his ability and character. There should not and must not be any hint or taint of eliteism in the modern Irish army. Work on this issue is ongoing as part of the Integrated Personnel Management System (IPMS), but I want to see speedier progress on implementing a more active programme of commissioning from the ranks. Again, I will review, in detail, work undertaken in this area to date," concluded Minister O'Dea.
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29 May 2006Statement by the Minister for Defence on the International Day of the Peacekeeper 2006, 29/05/06
19 May 2006Statement by the Minister for Defence Adjournment Debate – Seanad Eireann, 17 MAY 2006.
4 May 2006Speech by Mr. Willie O’Dea, T.D., Minister for Defence at the review of 95th Infantry Battalion due to leave on peacekeeping duty with UNMIL, 04/05/06
6 April 2006Address by Minister Willie O'Dea at a 1916 monument unveiling ceremony. 06/04/06
4 November 2005Speech by Mr. Tom Kitt, T.D., Minister for State for Defence at the review of 94th Infantry Battalion Due to leave on peacekeeping duty with UNMILON
4 November 2005Speech by Minister for Defence Mr. Willie O’Dea TD At the opening of the EUROMIL conference South Court Hotel Limerick
5 October 2005Speech by Minister for Defence Mr. Willie O'Dea T.D.,
at the PDFORRA Annual Delegate Conference.
12 September 2002Commisioning ceremony for Naval Service cadets - 40th Class
25 April 2002Opening refurbished Headquarters Block, Ballymullen Barracks, Tralee
4 April 2002Launch of Report of External Advisory Committee on harassment, bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment in the Defence Forces
21 March 2002Minister's speech to a Select Committee on the Defence Estimates for 2002
3 March 2002Opening of FCA Headquarters, Templemore
19 December 2001Opening NCO's Mess East, Curragh
22 November 2001Commissioning ceremony for Air Corps cadets - 20th Class
18 November 200175th anniversary of the Army Equitation School
15 November 2001Review of 1st Contingent UNMEE bound for Eritrea
8 November 2001Minister's address to RACO's 9th Annual Delegate Conference
25 October 2001Unveiling of memorial in Tibnin, South Lebanon
24 October 2001Statement to a Select Dáil Committee seeking approval for the despatch of a contingent to Eritrea
18 September 2001Minister's speech at the Commissioning Ceremony for L.E. Niamh
18 September 2001Tanaiste's speech at the Naming Ceremony for L.E. Niamh
17 September 2001Opening swimming pool/gymnasium in the Curragh
8 September 2001Minister's address to RDFRA's 8th Annual Delegate Conference
7 September 2001Review of 7th Contingent (UNTAET) bound for East Timor
24 July 2001Review of 5th Transport Company (KFOR) bound for Kosovo
2 July 2001Cadet commissioning ceremony - 76th Class
12 June 2001Minister's speech to a Select Committee on the Defence Estimates for 2001
22 May 2001Review of 6th Contingent (UNTAET) bound for East Timor
17 May 2001Adjournment Debate re Clancy Barracks
1 May 2001Seanad Adjournment Debate re Gormanston
9 April 2001Taoiseach's speech in Templemore at the review of troops bound for Lebanon
4 April 200124th Amendment to the Constitution (Treaty of Nice)
22 March 2001Opening new signals building in Cathal Brugha Barracks
23 January 2001Review of 5th Contingent (UNTAET) bound for East Timor
25 November 2000Launch of Report of the Ministerial Steering Group on Reserve Defence Force
20 November 2000Capabilities Commitment Conference, Brussels, 20th November 2000
15 November 2000Minister's address to RACO's 8th Annual Delegate Conference
10 November 2000Opening of Hanger No. 5, Casement Aerodrome
18 October 2000Review of 88th Infantry Battalion (UNIFIL) bound for Lebanon
11 October 2000Minister's address to PDFORRA's 9th Annual Delegate Conference
7 September 2000Naval cadet commissioning ceremony - 38th Class
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