Respect our Defence Forces and pay them properly

Respect our Defence Forces and pay them properly
Ger Guinan, general secretary of Defence Forces representatice organisation PDforra

It’s not just the poor pay and conditions that have demoralised the Irish Army, Air Corps and Naval Service but a sense that the work they do is not valued by government

‘I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution and that while I am a member of the Defence Forces I will obey all lawful orders issued to me by my superior officers . . .”

This is the oath that every member of the Irish Defence Forces swears upon enlistment. The men and women in the Irish Army, Air Corps and Naval Service promise faithfully to defend the Irish Constitution.

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