Westmeath Councillor Calls For Independent Body To Represent Defence Forces

He says pay and conditions are at crisis point.

A Westmeath councillor is calling for an independent body to represent the Defence Forces.

Fianna Fáil's Aengus O'Rourke says morale among soldiers is on the floor, with pay and conditions at crisis point.

He's proposing a commission be set up to examine the future of the Defence Forces, and for an independent body to give them fair representation.

The Athlone councillor wants to provide a platform for those who cannot voice their own concerns:

He is now urging other public representatives to get behind the proposal, after it received widespread support at this week's Westmeath County Council meeting:

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