An independent body is needed to review pay and staff relations in the Irish Defence Forces, according to a senior commander.
Commandant Conor King, the general secretary of the officers' representative association - RACO - says the government has failed to introduce a coherent retention policy.
Commandant King is due to appear before the joint Oireachtas committee on foreign affairs, trade and defence later today.
He says his unprecedented appearance at the committee shows the seriousness of the issues.
26/1/2018 Largest Commissioning Ceremony of Defence Forces Officers in History of the State. Pictured is the Commissioning Ceremony of 68 new Army Officers, 2 Air Corps Officers and 8 Maltese Officers in the Defence Forces Church, Curragh Camp, Co Kildare. This is the largest number of new officers to be commissioned together in the history of the state and, on induction, was the largest ever single intake of cadets. When the 93rd Cadet Class joined the Defence Forces in September 2016 it included all Army, Air Corps, Naval Service & Maltese cadets giving the class a total strength of 106. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews.ie