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# raco

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2022
# strategic risk
Irish Army captain: dangers of live fire exercise an increased risk due to staffing shortfalls
Capt Karl Muckian said that such is the shortfall that the issue should be added to the strategic risk register.
# Defence Forces
Warning that lack of specialist doctors tending Irish soldiers could result in missed diagnoses
Dr Paddy Kelly has warned of chronic under-resourcing of military medicine in Ireland.
# raco
Irish military officer group declares Defence Forces 'moving in wrong direction'
RACO will host Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and military top brass in Naas.
# 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
# Irish Defence Forces
Irish Military officers granted temporary access to ICTU for pay talks
The representative bodies had been campaigning for better pay and conditions for Irish Defence Forces personnel.
# Industrial Relations
'We have lost faith': Military officers vote overwhelmingly for membership of trade union group
Defence Forces Officers voted 85% in favour of joining the trade union body.
# 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.
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# kabul rescue
Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps. An Aviation company had offered two second hand flights eight months before the Kabul mission.
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps.
Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan
# un missions
Irish Defence Forces officer warns staffing crisis jeopardising UN overseas missions
Raco are holding their annual conference in Kildare.
# raco
Ireland's military officers are 'burned out', a conference will hear today
RACO represents more than 1,200 Permanent Defence Force Officers from Officer Cadet to Colonel ranks.
# Military retention crisis
Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
RACO will tell the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs that cuts to the military budget is to blame for the retention crisis.
# Housing Crisis
'I either have to leave the Defence Forces or stay and be homeless with my pregnant wife'
Officers today called for the provision of quarters for married couples or the introduction of a rent allowance to assist them.
# retention crisis
Defence Forces Chief: 'Some great people are making the choice to leave the organisation'
Mark Mellett said he believes the organisation’s challenges will get worse before they get better.
# Defence Forces
Defence Forces officers vote to accept €10m allowance proposals
The government has said the changes would make Irish military careers more attractive.
# retention crisis
Call to restore pre-crash allowances to 'stop members of Defence Forces leaving in droves'
There were 256 discharges in the first four months of 2019.
# Security
'Soldiers are living on the breadline': More than 3,000 quit Defence Forces in four years
Raco is calling for the introduction of an independent pay review body to help address the staff retention crisis.
# 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.