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Do Fine Gael Actually Care?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,888 ✭✭✭sparky42

    Show me which political party has ever cared about the men and women of the Defence Forces?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,222 ✭✭✭emo72

    wheelie and mary will be here soon to explain how much fg love the defence forces. you need re-education.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,858 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    sparky42 wrote: »
    Show me which political party has ever cared about the men and women of the Defence Forces?

    Hear hear.

    They make a nice photo op for them, but if any politicians really cared, DF pay and social supports would be separated out from the rest of the public service and dealt with as the unique case it is.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,985 ✭✭✭mikeym
    The organisation representing around 6,000 members of the Defence Forces is to take legal action against the Department of Defence after it refused to implement an adjudicator’s recommendation to pay around €5m to hard-pressed personnel.

    In 2010, PDForra requested adjudication on a number of claims which had been the subject of reports recording disagreement at the Conciliation Council.

    The adjudications involved, amongst other things, claims for increased ‘technician pay’ for chefs, increases to the elite Army Ranger Wing (ARW) allowance and the introduction of free rations for recruits and apprentices.
    The Defence Forces handed back nearly €100m to the Exchequer over the last five years.

    Figures supplied to Fianna Fail defence spokesperson Jack Chambers revealed that almost €140m of Defence Forces funding has gone unspent over the last five years – with more than €92 returned to the Exchequer.

    It is believed the savings are the result of numbers in the Defence Forces dropping below the recommended 9,500 members.

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭4ensic15

    It is not the politicians who shun the defence forces. It is the Civil Servants with the purse strings who hate the DF and continually slash budgets. Every time a politician tries to do something for the DF, the Civil Servants start up with the floodgates arguments and threaten some other voter scheme the same politician is pushing.

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