WPDF members make their point at Taoiseach’s visit to Sligo

Sligo was no escape from some of the ongoing controversial issues of the day for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday when he came to Sligo town for the National Famine Commemoration.

As he walked across the footbridge over the Garavogue River to the Stephen Street Car Park, where the commemoration ceremony took place, a small number of people who had gathered in Rockwood Parade shouted out at him over the cervical cancer smear scandal.

And among those watching the commemoration event, which involved a large number of Defence Forces personnel, were a number of members of the Wives and Partners of those in the Defence Forces (WPDF).

As defence forces personnel cannot speak out themselves, WPDF members are continuing their campaign for an improvement in pay for their husbands, partners, children and other family members.

Rosemary McCaffrey’s son is on peacekeeping duty in the Lebanon.

She spoke to Ocean FM News during yesterday’s commemoration in Sligo, just as Defence Forces personnel were taking orders nearby.