We take great pride in the work our defence forces have done in the Mediterranean for instance, saving the lives of thousands of refugees, or how they help at home in more and more extreme weather events, snow, floods etc. But they are low paid workers and need to organise to ensure proper remuneration for their good work.

In the Dáil today, Brid asked the Minister about pay for Defence Forces men and women, and how he expects to hold onto staff when wages are so low that many army and navy families are dependent on Family Income Supplement to make ends meet. He doesn’t see a problem. But then he wouldn’t would he, on a six figure salary plus expenses.