Monthly Archives: September 2014

Lt. Col. Niall Callanan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Niall Callanan of Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. On September 24, 2014 at St. Vincent's Hospital. Beloved husband of Mary Bernadette (Dolly) and wonderful Dad to Mairead (Lane), Edel, Patricia, Niall and Colm. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughters, sister Mona (Stanton), brothers Fionnbar and Richard, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, granddaughter Mary, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home on Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Removal on Saturday morning to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, arriving at 9.45am for 10am Mass. Funeral to Mount Venus Cemetery, Rockbrook.

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Agenda – 20th ARCO Annual General Meeting

20th Annual General Meeting in Mckee Barracks

on Friday 03 October 2014 at 1130 hrs



1.         Opening Address by President, ARCO

2.         Minutes of 19th AGM – 05 October 2013

3.         President’s Report

4.         Report of the Hon. Secretary

5.         Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include audited A/Cs

6.         Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary

7.         Appointment of Auditor

8.         Appoinment of Trustees

9.         Elections to Executive Committee

10.       Any Other Business

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Hon Sec  not later than Friday 26th September as failure to do so may cause security problems at the point of entry to McKee Barracks.  Coffee will be available in the Officers' Mess at 1045 hrs and lunch will be provided after the meeting.


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LATEST – Payroll Shared Service Centre

ARCO members will be aware from a previous posting that the Government has decided to establish a Payroll Shared Service Centre (PSSC) for the Civil and Public Service. The PSSC, which will be under the control of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, aims to consolidate and integrate payrolls from the 18 payroll centres currently delivering payroll to 53 Departments and Offices. All Department of Defence payrolls – including those for retired military personnel in receipt of pensions – will be migrated to the PSSC.

ARCO raised the following concerns in relation to PSSC with the Department of Defence earlier this year:

  • 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.
  • The fact that civil servants, with no previous knowledge or background in matters specific to Defence Forces pensions, could become responsible for administering military pension accounts.

The latest information provided to ARCO indicates that while the move to establish a PSSC is still progressing, its implementation will be significantly delayed. This is due to unforeseen complications that have arisen and which are taking longer than anticipated to overcome. Pensions’ Section of the Department of Defence has also identified issues and is working to resolve these with the PSSC Project Managers. 

ARCO has been assured that the function of calculating entitlements will remain with the Department of Defence and the facility of contacting those dealing with entitlements will also remain with it. 

The bottom line is that a date for the move to the new system is by no means imminent. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.


The September 2014 issue of RELATE, the Journal of Developments in Social Services, Policy and Legislation in Ireland, contains everything you need to know about water charges for domestic users. Click HERE to access a copy.

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‘An Coláiste’ A History of the Irish Military College

SINCE its establishment in 1930 the Irish Military College has had an important influence on not only the Defence Forces, but arguably on the nation. Its history has not yet been written. Colonel Tom Hodson (Retd) is currently researching, with the intention of publishing, such a history.

The story is intriguing. From its early predecessor, the Army School of Instruction to today’s modern institution, the College has aspired to fulfil the roles laid down in the Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act of 1923, in training and instructing:

  • Candidates for appointment to commissioned rank in the Forces.
  • Officers of the Forces, and
  • Such other Citizens as the Regulations may declare to be eligible for admission to the Institution.

The task has not been easy as the Military College has inevitably been subject to the many changes and fluctuations in the duties, roles and fortunes of the wider Defence Forces. 

In addition to recording these developments, Tom is interested in researching curricula, instruction and their importance and influence on the functions allotted to the Defence Forces by successive Governments. He would be very grateful therefore for contributions on any area of the Military College and its history, which members of ARCO might like to make to this research and publication.

He can be contacted at the following:


Phone: Home 01 6282412

           Mobile 087 7470678

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