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Increased Investment in Defence Forces and Career Opportunities

This week your Government announced an increased investment in our Defence Forces on foot of the Commission on the Defence Forces report.

This will, over the next six years see the Defence budget rising from €1.1 billion to €1.5 billion, in 2022 prices, by 2028, the largest increase in Defence funding in the history of the State.

Fine Gael and our political forefathers founded the institutions of the State. We have and we always will work to defend and protect them. Fine Gael in Government is determined to achieve the substantial transformation and investment in recruitment and equipment as recommended by the Commission on the Defence Forces.

The Commission has also made a number of recommendations concerning existing pay structures, and the Government will immediately progress these.

The transformation of the Defence Forces will require an additional 2,000 personnel (civil and military) over and above the current establishment of 9,500. Work has already commenced on this with the recently announced recruitment campaign, ‘BE MORE’. More details on this campaign are available at

If you would like to pursue a career in the Defence Forces further information is available at or get in touch with me at

raymcadam View All

Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City

Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee

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