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For Oral Answer on : 06/10/2022
Question Number(s): 106 Question Reference(s): 48913/22
Department: Defence
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


To ask the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel currently serving overseas by rank and Defence Forces branch in each respective location; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


As of 1st October, 2022, Ireland is contributing 548 personnel to 7 different missions throughout the world and also to a range of international organisations and National representations.
The number of personnel serving overseas by rank is outlined in the following table.

RankMiddle EastAfricaBalkansOP IRINIInternational Organisations
Brigadier General    2
Colonel1 1 4
Lieutenant Colonel1024 11
Captain29 21 
Sergeant Major6 1 1
Battalion Quarter Master Sergeant3 1  
Company Sergeant1133  
Company Quarter Master Sergeant11    

Personnel serving overseas by branch is outlined in the following Table.

 Middle East Africa Balkans OP IRINI International Organisations 
Army4631416 19
Naval Service91121
Air Corps17 11 

There are also two chaplains serving overseas. In addition Major General Maureen O’Brien is serving on secondment to the United Nations following her appointment by the UN as Deputy Military Advisor in the Office of Military Affairs, Department of Peace Operations.