Members of the Defence Forces should receive remuneration and allowances that they’re entitled to, a Galway West TD has said.
Mairéad Farrell TD has called for all members including cadets and new recruits to receive the military service allowance of approximately €100 weekly, depending on grade.
She said that they should be rewarded for their vital efforts – particularly now during this difficult period as we work to get through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Sinn Féin TD said that members of the Defence Forces and especially new recruits do not receive a salary that allows them and their families to have a comfortable standard of living.
“Some members have had to take up second jobs, sleep on families couches and seek food parcels from voluntary organisations.
“This is an opportunity for the Government and State to send a message to our Defence Forces that they are valued, they are vital to the State and during this crisis they will undoubtedly play their part in saving lives.
“Defence Forces members will be essential in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 during the period ahead,” said Ms Farrell.
“Unlike trainee Gardaí who have been made full members of An Garda Síochána as a result of this crisis, army cadets and recruits must return to training.
“In both cases, their training has just been paused.
“It is time to give Defence Forces Members a fair deal and I am calling on the Government to do so.”