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Defence Forces get €10m pay package aimed at addressing crisis in numbers

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Rank-and-file members of the Defence Forces have voted to accept a €10m package of pay and allowance increases aimed at addressing staff shortages.

The decision by members of the Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORA) marks a major breakthrough in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions for soliderss.

The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO), which represents officer grades in the Defence Forces, voted in favour of the deal last month.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said it will "result in immediate benefits for members".

The package includes a 10pc increase in Military Service Allowance (MSA), which will boost the earnings of the majority of Permanent Defence Force personnel by between €602 and €675 per annum.

They will also be entitled to full restoration to pre-Haddington Road levels of the Security Duty Allowance and Patrol Duty Allowance and premium rates for certain weekend duties.

The Government has also committed to reversing a 10pc cut in Overseas Allowance.

Irish Independent