Monthly Archives: March 2014

Col. Joe O’Sullivan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Joe O'Sullivan of Tipper Road, Naas, after a short illness in St. James's Hospital, on 28th March 2014. Retired Director of Ordnance, Past President of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers and Past President McKee Officers’ Club. Dearly beloved husband of Rosemary, cherished father of Eavan, Peter and Alan, and adoring grandad of Cillian. Sadly missed by his relatives and many friends.

Reposing at his residence on Monday, 31 March, from 5pm to 8pm. Removal on Tuesday at 9.30am to the Church of Our Lady and St David, Naas for 10am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in Eadestown Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the friends of St. Brigid's Hospice, the Curragh.

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Comdt. Gerard Vincent Daly RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the deathe of Commandant Gerard Vincent Daly, of Cork and Limerick, on March 9th 2014 peacefully at his daughter’s residence, Ballyhooley Road. Dearly loved husband of the late Joan (nee Long), loving father of Brian, Emer, Deirdre, Barbara, Lesley, Valerie and Niall. Sadly missed by his loving family, sons in-law, daughters in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Lying in repose at the Coburg Street Funeral Home of Jerh. O’Connor Ltd. Removal at 6pm on Tuesday to St. Joseph’s Church, Mayfield. Requiem mass at 2pm on Wednesday. Cremation afterwards at The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Marymount Hospice. 

IMPORTANT FOR ARCO MEMBERS – Payroll Shared Service Centre

The Government has decided to establish a Payroll Shared Service Centre (PSSC) for the Civil and Public Service as part of its Public Sector Reform Plan. The PSSC aims to consolidate and integrate payrolls from the 18 payroll centres currently delivering payroll to 53 Departments and Offices.

The PSSC will be based in three locations (Killarney, Tullamore and the existing Department of Defence site in Galway) and will be managed and operated by civil servants under the control of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). All Department of Defence payrolls – including those for retired military personnel in receipt of pensions – will be migrated to the PSSC.

It is stated that the successful implementation of the PSSC project will facilitate the provision of:

  • The option for online payslips, P60s, etc.
  • A high quality customer service.
  • Greater efficiency in payroll service delivery.

The Department of Defence has informed ARCO that it intends to make the move to PSSC as seamless as possible. A project team has been set up within Finance Branch in Galway to ensure that the move is accomplished with the minimum of disruption to its clients. The Department envisages that all Defence payrolls will be moved to the PSSC on a phased basis over the coming 12 to 15 months, with the military pensions’ payroll doing so by early to mid 2015.

ARCO raised a number of concerns in relation to PSSC when it met with Department of Defence officials on 11 February 2014. These included:

  • The difficulties a move towards online pension services would present for some ARCO members.
  • The need to maintain a named point-of-contact to deal with pension related queries from ARCO members post-migration to PSSC.

These points were reiterated and expanded upon in a follow-up letter from ARCO to the Department of Defence, sent on 4 March. In its letter ARCO pointed to the significant number of its members who do not have direct access to a computer or to e-mail. ARCO also pointed to the fact that achieving the promised high quality of customer service may prove difficult in an environment where civil servants, who have no previous knowledge or background in matters specific to Defence Forces pensions, could become responsible for administering military pension accounts.

ARCO will maintain contact with the Department of Defence on this matter and further postings will be placed on this website as information becomes available to it. Members are invited to pass any concerns they might have to ARCO.

Ceremonial Military Guard at the National Memorial 2014


Throughout the coming summer a Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, Merrion Square, Dublin. Ceremonies will take place at Archbishop Ryan Park, Merrion Square, every Saturday from 19 July to 23 August 2014, as detailed below. The ceremony will begin at midday and will last for approximately one hour. Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

Saturday 19 July: Air Corps & 7 Infantry Battalion.

Saturday 26 July: 1 Artillery Regiment & Naval Service.

Saturday 02 August: 2 Artillery Regiment & 27 Infantry Battalion.

Saturday 09 August: 12 Infantry Battalion & 1 Infantry Battalion.

Saturday 16 August: 6 Infantry Battalion & 28 Infantry Battalion.

Saturday 23 August: 3 Infantry Battalion & 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron.

Further details are available at: