Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Defence Lisa Chambers has called for funding supports for a volunteer run organisation, which supports former members of the Defence Forces.  The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) says it needs more money to cope with a huge increase in demand for its services.

The body, which has 42 branches across the country, provides essential supports to retired Defence Forces members.

Deputy Chambers commented, “The Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) represents hundreds of retired Army, Naval Service and Air Corps personnel across Ireland.  Much of the work undertaken by the organisation is done on a shoestring, and the quality of services provided is a testament of the hard work and dedication of staff.

“I have been involved with the Mayo branch for a number of years and have seen first-hand the difference that these services make.  While there has always been a large demand for these services, I was shocked to learn of the large increase in homelessness among former Defences Forces personnel.  What’s most worrying is the fact that the age profile of the members becoming homeless is falling.

“These are people who have served their country and the Government has a duty of care to them.  I am calling on the Taoiseach, in his role as Minister for Defence, to make funding available to this organisation to ensure that it has the money necessary to continue to undertake this essential work”.