Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said he had instructed his officials to evaluate the proposal to re-establish the review body. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Government should consider re-establishing a special review body to examine pay for top-level executive staff in State organisations, the Public S(...)

Mark Keane speaks during a Pdforra conference in Castlebar, Co Mayo, in 2018. File photograph: Mick Burke/Defence Forces

The president of the Defence Forces representative body Pdforra has said conditions for members are so bad that 80 naval personnel are living on boats(...)

PDFORRA represents about 8,500 enlisted personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps and said there was a clear disparity between HSE staff being paid just over €80 for an eight-hour sleepover shift and its members being paid a €48 security duties allowance for 24 hours. File photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people leaving the Defence Forces had reached “crisis” proportions but could be alleviated if personnel deployed on duties of 24 hours o(...)

Filew photograph Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett  (on left of Minister). Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces has warned military officers frustrated with the current recruitment and retention crisis about engaging in “(...)

Defence Forces members. File photo. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is considering re-introducing automatic promotions after a fixed period of time for specialist officers in the Defence Forces as part o(...)

Raco estimates if the 10.3 per cent turnover rate is maintained the Defence Forces will never return to full strength and will result in the number of personnel dropping to about 7,500 by 2030. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will take seven years for the Defence Forces to reach full strength based on the Government’s current “optimistic” assessment, according to the rep(...)

President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins felt compelled last week to intervene in the dispute over pay at the Defence Forces. He insisted it “should not be too muc(...)

Many in the Defence Forces believe that because their representative organisations were not associated with the public service committee of Ictu in the talks that led to the current public service pay deal, they did not do as well as others across the public service. Photograph: Alan Betson

The organisation representing enlisted personnel in the Defence Forces has formally sought to link up with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu). (...)

Air Corps training aircraft fly over the Spire in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Air Corps pilots are to be sent for training with the Royal Australian Air Force under proposals approved by the Cabinet on Thursday. The move is aim(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe announced an increase in the military service allowance paid to virtually all members of the Defence Forces of 10 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Increases to allowances put in place to boost pay for Defence Forces personnel will not be extended to other groups of State employees, a development (...)

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