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Naval personnel deserve proper allowance package for Mediterranean role – Adams

7 October, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams today urged the government to “urgently move to resolve the row over allowances that are paid to naval personnel in the Mediterranean.”

Speaking during pre-European statements in the Dáil, the Louth TD congratulated and praised the work of the crew of the LE Samuel Beckett which rescued 430 refugees who were in trouble in the Mediterranean Sea this weekend. Almost 8000 refugees would have died but for the hard work and bravery of naval personnel.

The Sinn Féin leader expressed his disappointment that “the Taoiseach has not taken the opportunity to tell the Dáil whether the rescue operation will continue beyond December.”

Teachta Adams said:

“This is the third Irish naval vessel to carry out search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean and, collectively, they have rescued 7,639 people. The brave crews of these ships are a great credit to the Irish people.

“A row has erupted over allowances to be paid to Naval Service personnel in the Mediterranean. Gerry Rooney of PDFORRA has said members of the Naval Service who volunteered for this dangerous mission feel they have been duped and are being ignored given the refusal to pay them the same rate as troops involved in UN peace missions on land.

“I am sure the Taoiseach agrees these Naval Service personnel carry out their duties to a very high standard and to international acclaim and are entitled to be properly paid for their crucially important work.” 

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