Sligo cllr calls for Defence Forces pay issue to be resolved

A Sligo councillor is accusing the government of ‘totally disrespecting’ the loyalty and service of members of the Irish Defence Forces.

Independent Socialist Councillor Declan Bree says that over the last 50 years of United Nations service, the Defence Forces have given Ireland much of its international status and standing as an independent, sovereign state.

But although they had made a huge contribution to Ireland’s reputation abroad, he said many of them are now so poorly paid they cannot afford the basics.

He was speaking at a meeting of Sligo County Council when he proposed a motion calling for the government to resolve issues relating to pay and conditions of Defence Forces members.