Roy May 27th, 2013
I have been asked by Mr. Alan Shatter T.D. Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, to write to you regarding your further correspondence regarding Defence Forces personnel engaged in taxi driving.
The Minister has asked me to reiterate that a Permanent Defence Force member’s service to the State takes precedence over any off-duty employment. In this context there is a Defence Forces Policy on off-duty employment which makes it clear that no employment should be undertaken that would prevent a member of the Permanent Defence Force from being available for duty at all times. Furthermore, the policy sets out the measures that may be taken to terminate or limit the scope of off-duty employment, where such employment is deemed likely to prove detrimental or prejudicial to the best interest of the service. Subject to the foregoing, there is nothing in Defence Force Regulations to prevent the take up by individual members of the Permanent Defence Force of part time employment outside of the Permanent Defence Force and as such could include work as a taxi driver subject to the regulatory regime in place with respect to that industry.
I trust this information has clarified matters for you.
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