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Ref No: 27139/16 Lottery: 1 Proof: 17
QUESTION NO: 45
To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces who will be deployed to the Golan Heights in the coming weeks, following the announcement of 19 September 2016 that a new contingent of troops would be joining the UNDOF mission in the near future; and his views regarding whether this deployment is a good use of Defence Forces capability.
– DEPUTY CLARE DALY.
Clare questions the new Minister for Defence about when we’re likely to see the Report of the Working Group on Lariam – which we’ve been waiting for since 2013. She points out that things have changed radically since the last time she had to opportunity to question the Minister on this issue, with the British Department of Defence now recommending the drug be used as an absolute last resort, because of the severity and permanence of its side effects, and the Australian Defence Forces offering compensation to soldiers who have been affected by taking it. Despite this, the Irish Department of Defence’s policy is still to administer this drug as its first choice anti-malarial.
Clare speaking on the EU Battlegroups, which are military forces of up to 12,000 troops, happy days for the arms industry, but Irish troops aligned with this is an absolute affront to our neutrality.