Soldiers Renew Calls For Better Pay Amid Criticism Of Military Spending

Currently, €1 billion is spent on the Defence Forces.

Defence Forces members say they are underpaid amid calls for more funding for the army.

A government report is expected to recommend that military funding rise from €1 billion to €1.5 billion per year.

The shape of the army was highlighted last week after Russia revealed plans for a now-cancelled military exercise in Irish waters.

Mucklagh's Gerard Guinan, general secretary of Defence Forces union PDFORRA, says members should have better conditions:

A former Minister of Defence says the army urgently needs an extra €500 million per year.

Limerick TD Willie O’Dea says more resources are crucial:

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