Proposed Bill Could Result In Military Personal Being 'Gagged'

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The bill is being criticised by both RACO and PDFORRA.

The wording of the new Defence Amendment Bill 2023 could result in groups representing military personell being 'gagged'.

If brought into law, the bill would restrict representatives in making public comments on Government policy.

The bill is being criticised by representative organisations RACO and PDFORRA, and by The European Organisation of Military Associations, who appeared in the Oieachtas Committee yesterday to say it is 'not acceptable' for organisations looking after armed forces to have their rights weakened. 

RACO General Secretary, Athlone's Conor King says their job is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, and this bill would hinder their ability to do their job:

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