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March By Veterans Through Cork to Demand Better Pay for Members of Naval Service

28th April 2019
More than 400 soldiers, sailors and members of the air corps have flocked from the Defence Forces in the last four years, before finishing their training. Above Afloat adds is the Naval Service base located in Haulbowline Island in lower Cork Harbour. More than 400 soldiers, sailors and members of the air corps have flocked from the Defence Forces in the last four years, before finishing their training. Above Afloat adds is the Naval Service base located in Haulbowline Island in lower Cork Harbour. Photo: INS-facebook

#navy - Next Saturday a parade will be held in Cork, Echolive reports, to highlight concerns about pay and conditions of members of the Naval Service.

The Parade for Respect and Loyalty will take place at 12 noon on the Grand Parade and is being held to raise support for the Navy members.

It will follow the commissioning tomorrow of the latest Naval ship, the LE George Bernard Shaw, in Waterford tomorrow (today, Sunday, 28 April).

And it comes after a series of parades and actions last year by veteran Defence Force members and the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces.

One of the organisers, Defence Forces veteran Noel O'Callaghan said: "Our Navy has nine ships, of which two are in dry dock due to a shortage of sailors. To keep the other seven ships at sea they have to change around crews, and have unqualified sailors in specific appointments."

He said the concentration should instead be on pay, allowances and contracts of existing members.

More on the story can be found here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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