The wives of members of the Irish Defence Forces protest against poor pay and conditions for soldiers.

Almost 500 members of the National Army Spouses Association (NASA) organisation marched from Parnell Square to the Dáil.

The wives and their children carrying banners and placards are protesting against the pay and conditions faced by soldiers. They say the average soldier is living on or below the poverty line. Many of the women interviewed say their husbands are working as much as 80 hours a week, but taking home as little as £112.

You can’t live on that.

The women say soldiers are seeking parity with members of An Garda Síochána. Minister for Defence Michael J Noonan has set up an interdepartmental committee to deal with the matters of Army pay and conditions. At question time in the Dáil the Minister faced a barrage of questions about the Pay Review Committee’s progress. 

The government has given a commitment to have a report by the end of 1988 and are taking the NASA protest very seriously.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 November 1988. The reporter is Maggie O'Kane.