Welcome

Welcome to the Website of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO). ARCO was founded in 1993 and our purpose is to represent retired officers of the Permanent Defence Force of Ireland. We have some 800 members. Our main focus has always been on pension issues and our website enables us to provide members with information on this, along with details on a broad range of issues and events. To communicate effectively with our members we also publish two Newsletters every year, hold an Annual General Meeting in October and have developed a Texting Service.

To be successful, ARCO needs a continuous flow of new members and we urge serving officers, who are about to retire from the Permanent Defence Force, to join. ARCO will provide you with a continuity of representation and information into the future.

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RELATE – December 2017 Edition

Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. The December 2017 issue of Relate covers some of the problems that may affect people who live in urban areas. These include boundary disputes, doing work on party structures, trees, noise and control of animals.

If you would like to receive Relate by email you can subscribe by sending an email with the subject line SUBSCRIBE to relate@ciboard.ie including your name.

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Arty Club’s AGM & Annual Lunch

The Artillery Club’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place, by kind permission of the GOC 2 Brigade, in the Auditorium, School of Catering, McKee Barracks Dublin at 1130hrs, on Friday, 01 December.  Coffee will be available in the Officers’ Mess from 1030hrs.

Following the AGM, the Annual Saint Barbara’s Day Lunch will take place in the Officers’ Mess Dining Room at 1330hrs.  

Attendees are requested to notify the Club’s Secretary, Commandant Lar Joye (larjoye@gmail.com) (086 8605678), of their intention to attend both the AGM and Lunch. 

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Christmas Package for Overseas Personnel

The opportunity has arisen for families and friends to send a Christmas package, via the internal Defence Forces’ system, to personnel currently serving overseas. If members of ARCO would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact Commandant Niall O’Donoghue at 086 8753003 who will provide full details on how to obtain the designated container and customs declaration form from the nearest military barracks.

Return of packages is requested by Wednesday, 29 November. We understand the container is relatively small – suggesting quality over quantity!

ARCO is pleased to support this initiative and wishes to extend a Peaceful and Happy Christmas to all Defence Forces personnel serving overseas and to their families and friends.

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Pension Restoration – Responses from DPER

On 08 August, the Department of Public Affairs and Reform responded to ARCO’s submission dated 04 May to the Minister for Public Affairs and Reform.  Link to letter.

Following a meeting on 12 July between the Alliance of Retired Public Servants and the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Alliance received a letter from the Department on 18 August.  Link to letter.

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Defence Forces Veterans’ Day

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, has issued an invitation to members of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers to attend the Defence Forces Veterans’ Day, which will be held at McDermott Square, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp on Sunday, 8th October 2017 at 1200 hours. A representative group from each of the three national organisations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will march onto the square to be reviewed by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD. The parade will be followed by a Defence Forces’ equipment and capability display. Light refreshments will be available in the Dining Centre. The event is open to all veterans and to their families. The Executive Committee encourages members to attend this event and to wear their medals. Volunteers to participate in the ceremony will be sought on the day from among those members attending.  

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Corps Annual Dinners

CAVALRY CLUB ANNUAL DINNER 2017

The Cavalry Club Annual Dinner will be held in the Officers Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks on Saturday, 04 November 2017 at 1900 hrs.

The Club President and Committee hope that all retired officers of the Cavalry Corps can make a special effort to attend. To make a booking please contact the Honorary Secretary, Lt Damien O’Herlihy via email on damien.o’herlihy@defenceforces.ie or damienoherlihy@gmail.com or via mobile 087-6486901.

 

CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNUAL DINNER 2017

This year the Corps of Engineers Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 1900 hrs. It will be hosted with the kind permission of GOC 2 Bde in the Officers Mess, McKee Barracks.

Retired officers of the Corps are invited to attend and should make contact with Captain Kevin O’Reilly at 01-8046722 or at kevin.oreilly@defenceforces.ie. Please pass this information to any retired officer of the Corps of Engineers you may have contact with.

 

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ARCO 23rd Annual General Meeting

NOTICE TO MEMBERS

ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
23rd Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks
1130hrs, Friday, 06 October 2017

AGENDA:

  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 22nd AGM – 14 October 2016
  • President’s Report
  • Report of the Hon. Secretary
  • Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include audited A/Cs
  • Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary
  • Appointment of Auditor
  • Elections to Executive Committee
  • Any Other Business

 

Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd)
Honorary Secretary
ARCO

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Honorary Secretary not later than Sunday 01 October 2017 as failure to do so may cause security difficulties at the point of entry to McKee Barracks. Don’t forget to bring your I.D. card to facilitate your entry into Bks.

Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs and the Meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Defence Forces School of Catering at 1130hrs.

A light lunch with wine (gratis) will be served after the meeting. Those wishing to partake of lunch must also notify this to the Honorary Secretary by Sunday 01 October 2017.

Apologies from those unable to attend may be conveyed to the Honorary Secretary and will be read out on the day.

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ARCO presents cheque to DFBF

On Tuesday, 29th August 2017 the President of ARCO, Cmdr Gerard O’Flynn (Retd) presented the Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with a contribution of €2,000 towards the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund on behalf of the members of ARCO at the Officers Mess, McKee Barracks. Cmdr O’Flynn was accompanied by Col George Kerton (Retd), Vice President, and Lt Col Richard Cummins (Retd),Treasurer. Vice Admiral Mellett was accompanied by the Assistant Chief of Staff (Support), Brig Gen Peter O’Halloran.

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Retirement Lunches

The following are details of upcoming lunches to mark the retirement of two officers of Óglaigh na hÉireann. Members of ARCO may wish to attend the lunches or forward best wishes. Please note that subscriptions will not be sought as part of these functions. The lunches, however, must be booked in advance with the respective Offices’ Mess and members should arrange to discharge the cost of their lunch with the Mess concerned.

Colonel Brendan McAndrew. A lunch will be held on Thursday, 14 September 2017 to mark the retirement, after 41 years’ service, of Colonel Brendan McAndrew of the Infantry Corps. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify the Mess Secretary at patrickt.ryan@defenceforces.ie or the Mess Sgt at maitiu.oaimhirnghin@defenceforces.ie 01 8046460 or 01 8046355, NLT 1630hrs on Friday, 08 September 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour. A lunch will be held on Friday, 29 September 2017 to mark the retirement, after 44 years’ service, of Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour of the Cavalry Corps. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, Dublin. Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify the Mess Secretary at angela.lyons@defenceforces.ie or the Mess Sgt at pat.golding@defenceforces.ie officersmessmckee@defenceforces.ie 01 8046194 NLT 1630hrs on Friday, 22 September 2017.

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Understanding the Pension Schemes

ARCO’s Strategy on Pension Related Issues includes relative information on the pension schemes for retired commissioned officers of the Permanent Defence Force.

The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers has kindly provided permission to post its information booklets which provide general information on the four pension schemes that have evolved.

The booklets, prepared by Colonel Brian O’Keeffe (Retd) former General-Secretary of RACO and commissioned by the Irish Pensions and Finance, may be accessed through the following links:

 

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