Wives and partners of members of the Defence Forces protest today at army barracks in Galway & Athlone
Wives and partners of members of the defence forces are protesting this lunchtime outside Renmore Barracks in Galway and Custume Barracks, Athlone - looking for better pay and conditions for soldiers.
Members of the Defence Forces are not allowed to protest themselves, so family members are mounting the demonstrations outside army barracks and naval bases across the country.
It follows claims that many families are living on social welfare payments to make ends meet.
Members of the Wives and Partners of the Defence Forces (WPDF) argue that it is the only sector of public service that does not have access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.
The group is calling for immediate wage restoration, universal full-coverage medical care and support for members and their families.