Defence Forces Chief of Staff says military is facing challenges.
The Irish Defence Forces is facing challenges ahead, however, it is not in crisis, according to its Chief of Staff.
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett said his number one priority for members of the defence forces is resolving the pay issue and said he does not accept there is a crisis in the Defence Forces.
Vice Admiral Mellett spoke to soldiers, sailors and air corps personnel attending the annual PDFORRA conference in Castlebar. He said, ‘safety is not being compromised by staff shortages or early departures.’
Personnel within the Defence Forces outlined at the conference several issues affecting them, from pay issues to reduced staffing levels. PDFORRA President Mark Keane said sailors are living on ships because of they have nowhere else to live due to high rent rates.
Staff shortages include specific personnel in the Naval Service, such as electricians, engine mechanics, medics and chefs.
Personnel within the Defence Forces are the lowest paid in the public sector. The Chief of Staff has said he has written to the Public Service Pay Commission and would also like to make a verbal submission to them, for better pay for Defence Force personnel.