An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said strengthening the Defence Forces (which includes the Naval Service) will take time and retaining personnel at present was a “real challenge”.
However, he said he was confident “we are back on track” after military officers voted to accept new Government pay proposals.
Delegates at the annual conference of the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (Raco) in Co Kildare backed the proposals by more than a two thirds margin in a closed session on Monday.
In a statement issued following the vote, Mr Varadkar said the €10 million pay proposals, which were announced in July, would result in an increase in take home pay for personnel from this year.
“That will help with retention which is a real challenge at present. We are committed to building on that further in the next public service pay deal,” the Taoiseach said.
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