An Taoiseach has questions to answer on services for retired members of the armed services

05 October 2018

Labour Spokesperson for Defence Brendan Ryan has described reports relating to former Private Terry O’Reilly as ‘deeply troubling’.

Speaking today Deputy Ryan said:

“This situation is deeply troubling. We all know that the housing crisis has extended beyond where anyone would hope the government would have allowed. But to think that someone who served her country for eight proud years is now reduced to sleeping in her car for the last year.

“Earlier this week I expressed my concerns about the Minister for Defence, An Taoiseach’s, inability to answer questions on naval readiness and staffing issues. Two weeks ago current, and former defense members marched to Leinster House to express their concerns about standards of pay and conditions for staff in the armed forces.

“They remain the lowest paid public sector workers in Ireland. 

“And now we can see that a poor standard of living is not just a reality for current members, but for former also. I am calling on An Taoiseach to speak to the standard of conditions for current members of the forces and to detail what services are being offered to veterans of the Irish defense forces to assist them with find employment and housing after they leave the service.” 


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