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Issues Affecting the Irish Naval Service

Issues Affecting the Irish Naval Service

In the Dáil this afternoon, speaking in relation to various issues affecting the Irish Naval Service - Our search and rescue capability - We should have nine naval ships at sea, but we only have seven. Two are at anchor in the port in Cork as we do not have the sailors to man them. Our search ...

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Search and Rescue (SAR) Service

Search and Rescue (SAR) Service

This week in the Dáil, I spoke to Minister Simon Coveney in relation to the provision of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Service. We should identify what component of the service the Air Corps can look after and then task and resource it accordingly. Any part of the service that cannot be provided by the Air Corps ...

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Maritime Security

Maritime Security

Dáil debate this week on maritime security. Our sailors protect us, now we must protect them. The time for words is over; the time for action has come.

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The Commission on the Defence Forces

The Commission on the Defence Forces

The Commission on the Defence Forces was before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee this afternoon. I raised the following points with Chair Aidan O’Driscoll - The need for overtime to be paid to military personnel for rostered duties Paying at least the national minimum wage to serving ...

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I Am a Veteran

I Am a Veteran

I am a Veteran - Delighted to join ONE Ireland (Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel) with their new campaign, highlighting the many skilled and diverse group of veterans in Ireland & showcasing members who are making a difference in their communities and across Irish and international society. ...

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Issues affecting the Defence Forces

Issues affecting the Defence Forces

I spoke in the Dáil today with Taoiseach, Micheál Martin and raised a number of issues relating to the Defence Forces. 🔹 I thanked the Taoiseach for his personal intervention to ensure that all peacekeeping troops receive the Covid-19 vaccine prior to deploying on a 6-month tour of duty. 🔹 I raised the Defence ...

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Commission on the Defence Forces – The Week in Politics

Commission on the Defence Forces – The Week in Politics

Clip from RTÉ’s The Week in Politics today in relation to the Commission on the Defence Forces. There are two key problems facing our Defence Forces; the persistent low pay issue and the dysfunctional, unequal relationship between the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces. These issues must be addressed ...