Gerard Guinan

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 The PDForra representative group is still “deeply concerned” with the Government’s approach to pay restoration. File photograph: Alan Betson

A package to increase the take-home pay of soldiers, sailors and aircrew is “not going to cut it” as it falls short of what is needed to retain member(...)

LE Eithne: The crews from it and LE Orla will be transferred to other vessels and all existing leave and study obligations will be honoured. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

The Naval Service must “cut its cloth” and take two ships out of commission because it has not enough crew, the head of the service, Cmdr Michael Malo(...)

The Defence Forces cannot recruit new personnel quickly enough to replace those who are opting out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I would have loved to have stayed in the Army but I just couldn’t afford to,” said one former soldier who opted out last year. “It was really all I (...)

Approval has now been given to conduct a competition for a contracted civilian consultant at pay rates equivalent to those available in the HSE. File photograph: Alan Betson

A recruitment process run last year to find a military psychiatrist for the Defence Forces yielded no applicants, prompting charges of “penny pinching(...)

A member of the Army Bomb Disposal team on duty. Photograph: Defence Forces

A number of Defence Forces staff are expected to get payments of between €1,000 and €2,000 for loss of earnings after the reallocation of duties carri(...)