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# pdforra

This month
May 2023
# Defence Watchdog
Ex-Ombudsman: Military monitoring group may have been shelved by Government to save money in 2018
Paulyn Marrinan-Quinn, SC, was speaking at the annual delegate conference of PDFORRA
# pdforra
Filling the ever increasing gaps - inside the Defence Forces retention crisis
The PDFORRA conference is taking place in Trim, Co Meath.
# pdforra
'Not enough being done' to implement key recommendations in landmark Defence report
PDFORRA, the group representing 6,500 enlisted members of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, will begin its annual delegate conference in Trim, Co Meath today.
Last year
2022
# Irish Defence Forces
'Ludicrous': Govt departments at loggerheads as date for forced retirement of sergeants looms
The rule means that Sergeants who have joined on post-1994 contracts must resign when they reach the age of 50.
# Defence
Action on pay imperative if Govt serious about overhauling Defence Forces, PDFORRA insists
The group is holding its annual delegate conference in Ballybofey, Co Donegal.
# Defence Forces
Ex IBM manager: Pay, political neglect and public indifference all to blame for cyber failings
Paul Farrell retired as IBM Ireland’s General Manager last year but also was an officer in the Irish Defence Forces
# Defence retention crisis
Government retention payment scheme for Naval Service personnel to be extended
As previously reported by The Journal the Naval Service is losing staff and unable to man naval ships at present.
# Defence crisis
Naval Service staffing crisis deepens as critical engineers leave for better pay on cruise ships
The Naval Service has fallen to 840 personnel as more signal they wish to leave in the coming months.
# armed forces
Coveney okays associate membership of ICTU for armed forces ahead of pay talks
Defence Minister Simon Coveney said that the government is aware of the ‘longstanding desire’ of the body to associate with the union
# raco
Group representing Irish military officers claims membership 'fearful' of Commission report
The Commission on the Defence Forces has been meeting over the last year.
All time
# Peacekeeping
Expense of citizenship 'stopping some Defence Force members from serving on UN missions'
PDFORRA has called on Minister Coveney to ‘do the right thing’ and grant citizenship to migrant soldiers.
# Irish Defence Forces
PDFORRA: Rule forcing premature retirement of experienced soldiers makes 'no logical sense'
The annual conference of PDFORRA, which represents 6,500 military members, is taking place in Killarney.
# Irish Defence Forces
Women of Honour scandal among topics on agenda at PDFORRA conference
The annual conference takes places in Killarney.
# Defence Forces
Defence Forces finally fill psychiatrist role after nearly two-year long vacancy
Minister Paul Kehoe changed standard policy so a civilian psychiatrist could apply for the job.
# Defence Forces
Irish Naval sailors forced to sleep on ships due to lack of accommodation, TDs told
PDFORRA’s Mark Keane said they “deserve a place to put their head at night”.
# pdforra
Defence Forces representative group brings legal challenge against State over allowances
The proceedings were issued on Monday 21 January by PDFORRA.
# poor conditions
'Our members deserve better': Concern over failure to fill Defence Forces psychiatrist role after no-one applies for job
“Penny pinching cannot be undertaken at the expense of our members’ health,” a representative group said.
# workers rights
Union membership for soldiers should be considered, finds review
PDFORRA, which represents soldiers, sailors and aircrew has been campaigning for trade union rights.
# army recruitment
Error in selection process leads Defence Forces to withdraw employment offer from four new recruits
It comes at a time when it’s claimed the Defence Forces is experiencing a recruitment crisis.
# Papal Visit
'Exposure to infectious diseases deeply worrying': Soldiers forced to bed down close to needles in Phoenix Park
The Permanent Defence Forces Representative Association says it intends to fully investigate with its members in the coming days.
# Pope Visit
'Morale is on the floor': Defence Forces to be paid just €47.59 per day for extra work during Pope visit
Soldiers have to provide assistance when requested to do so, but groups say they are not being compensated adequately.
# Terrorism
Defence Forces looking to recruit 480 people to help 'defend against modern threats'
The government wants to maintain a strength level of 9,500 personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps.
# migrant crisis
Irish soldiers who served in the Mediterranean to receive extra €15 a day
There had been concerns raised previously about soldiers struggling to travel to work.
# Garda Strike
Union says it's unlikely soldiers will fill in for gardaí during strike
The proposed dates for the strike are November 4, 11, 18 and 25.
# cough up
LÉ Eithne crew 'not being paid properly' for Mediterranean mission
Crew members are entitled to a higher daily allowance, according to an association representing personnel.
# potentially lethal
Fleet-wide check under way after asbestos found on Naval ships
The LÉ Ciara and LÉ Orla are currently out of action as a specialist contractor removes the potentially lethal substance from the vessels.
# LE Ciara
Legal advice sought after dozens potentially exposed to asbestos on Irish naval ship
A number of civilians are thought to have been involved in the incident as well.
# Defence Forces
'Forced to avail of the Dole': 120 Navy and Army personnel to be made redundant
There is currently a maximum service limit of 21 years for private and corporal personnel.
# Defence Forces
Defence Force personnel want an end to 21-year service limit
The body which represents members of the Defence Forces says that mandatory retirement will cost the State €1.5 million a year.
# Defence Forces
Government criticised over Defence Force allowances and Ombudsman downgrade
PDFORRA has said members are not entitled to overtime and so allowances are part of core pay.