Kildare South Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for the recommendations of the Commission on the Defence Forces report to be implemented without further delay.
Speaking in the Seanad, the Fianna Fáil Senator said:
“The action plan on the implementation of the Commission on Defence Force’s recommendations was due to be brought before the Cabinet at the start of the month.
“That has now been thrown into doubt amid media reports of internal friction between two Government Department on the issue of cost. The sticking point that has always held back our defence forces, is money, and a lack thereof.
“The report called for a major investment in the three defence force arms, the Air Corps, Navy and Army. We must deliver the funding that is required.
“The ask is clear from the perspective of the Commission on the Defence Forces and from defence force personnel, they want a well-funded, multi-annual plan that will transform the operations of our defence forces as well as provide a viable and sustainable career path for our defence force personnel.
“I have no doubt in the department’s ability to deliver that, but it needs to be prioritised.”