Minister Kehoe confirms agreement on Operation Pontus payment
The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, T.D., confirmed today (10 April 2017) that an agreement has been reached, and sanction secured, for an additional payment of €15 per day to personnel who served on the successful Operation Pontus mission.
To date, there have been 6 deployments as part of Operation Pontus following the Government’s decision in May 2015 to deploy the Naval Service Vessels to assist in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.
The Minister added that “I have been eager for a conclusion to this matter for some time. I am pleased that following the request of the Arbitrator, that PDFORRA and my Department have worked together to successfully resolve this matter for the benefit of Defence Force personnel.”
The Minister concluded by confirming that the relevant payments to those Naval Service personnel will be made in the coming weeks.