I have always encouraged Members to apply to join the Reserve Defence Force. In some parts of the country it is strong and in other parts of the country it is weak.
Deputy Chambers has raised an exact issue with me. As I have stated, there is ongoing contact between my Department and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure that the correct pay restoration is applied to both the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve. I have asked the officials in my Department to have this matter expedited as soon as possible. I understand that it is a matter of urgency. I have been in contact with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the matter as well. I raised it directly with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Donohoe, at one of my most recent meetings and sought to have this issue addressed as soon as possible.