I spoke to the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney about a number of immediate issues facing the Defence Forces.
Removing the requirement for a person to purchase their discharge from the Defence Forces following line service.
Improving sea-going pay for the Naval Service.
Troops should be receiving additional pay for the two weeks when quarantined in relation to overseas deployment.
The issues with Technical Pay.
Providing the same level of Medical Care to Enlisted personnel as to Commissioned Officers.
Traditionally the Defence Forces always get the lowest level of increase from the Budget. This year the Defence Forces need their fair share.
Improving the infrastructure of the Curragh Camp.
The need for additional funding for the Defence Forces Training Institutions.
I believe by addressing these important issues affecting the Defence Forces, this would have a huge impact on morale, recruitment and retention.
I will continue to liaise with Minister Coveney on these issues.