Increases in pay and allowances for new recruits to the Defence Forces have been announced.
Minister Simon Coveney says the government will now implement two of the pay-related recommendations of the Commission on the Defence Forces report.
It means pay rates for Private 3 Star/Able Seaman in their first three years of service will start at €34,798 in Year 1, rising to €37,353 in Year 3.
The daily ration allowance is being increased by 52% to reflect present-day inflation prices.
Minister Coveney unveiled the measures as he attended the PDFORRA Annual Conference in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal.