Seanad debates

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


2:30 pm

Photo of Gabrielle McFaddenGabrielle McFadden (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

It is just not right. Will the Leader ask the Minister of State at the Department of Defence to come to the House to discuss these issues? It has been said constantly that we are waiting for the pay commission to release its report, but that will not be enough.No matter what the report states, soldiers are still going to be the lowest-paid public servants. Therefore, we need a proper discussion on this. Retired sergeant major Noel O'Callaghan has held numerous parades and protests. He has called for respect and loyalty. He has been very respectful and loyal to his country. We should show the same to our soldiers. The Minister of State at the Department of Defence should come to the House and have that discussion.


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