01 July 2015

The RDFRA was pleased to see the presentation of the White Paper on Defence made to the Dáil last night (30 June 2015).  We have made many detailed representations on behalf of our members where we outlined a practical vision for the appropriate utilisation of the Reserve Defence Forces.  Having fully engaged in the consultative process we are confident that our perspective has been completely understood. 

We are therefore hopeful that our views have been incorporated in the White Paper, and are delighted that - in his statement - the Minister alluded to the utilisation of RDF members' specialist skill sets, and the possibility of Reservists acquiring operational experience - both at home and overseas - as elements of the White Paper.  We look forward to it's publication and further meaningful engagement subsequent to it.