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Military personnel: There is now an emerging sense of community between those serving, their families and veterans. Photo: Collins

Military personnel: There is now an emerging sense of community between those serving, their families and veterans. Photo: Collins

Military personnel: There is now an emerging sense of community between those serving, their families and veterans. Photo: Collins

There are two conflicting images of the Defence Forces currently being presented to the Irish public. On the one hand, there are the scenes of joy at Dublin Airport when personnel returning from overseas missions are greeted by their families. Tanned, fit and immaculately turned out, they underline the professionalism of our troops. They remind us that our country continues to play an important role in preserving world peace.

The other image is much darker. It is of military families trying to survive on poor pay and conditions, unable to afford rent or pay for a mortgage, struggling desperately to provide for their children.


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