Sunday January 19, 2020

Our defence forces shouldn’t have to fight for proper pay

We’re happy to take pride in our military when it suits us, as during the Easter Rising commemorations, but keeping its members on the breadline is not something to be proud of

13th October, 2019
Our soldiers are banned from speaking out, so their struggles get less attention Pic: Defence Forces

On the RTÉ Prime Time budget programme last week, Frances Gallagher, whose husband is in the Defence Forces, lamented the burden the carbon tax will place on her family. Her husband drives an hour and three quarters to work in his barracks; they spend €130 each week on diesel. “This budget has yet again put some families on the breadline,” she said.

This is a bad argument against the carbon tax. But...

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