Monthly Archives: December 2014

Brig. Gen. Patrick A. Cranfield RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Patrick A. (Pat) Cranfield, late of Blackrock and recently of Vergemount, Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin. Died on December 27, 2014, peacefully, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Darling husband of Dara, loving Dad of Sharon, Fiona, Carol, Patrick and Stephen, father-in-law of David, Bernard, Eamon and Jenny, adored Grandad of Matthew, Jessica and Sara, Eoin, Conor, Niall and Shauna, Hannah, Emma, James and Megan, Sommer and Jamie Patrick, Lauren, Nicole and Finn and loving brother of Tom, Sally and John. He will be deeply missed.

Reposing at his home on Monday evening (Dec. 29) from 6-8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Blackrock, arriving at 10.50am for Requiem Mass at 11.00am, followed by cremation at Mount Jerome. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, can be made at the church.

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Col. Liam Young RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Liam Young, Hawkfield, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Peacefully, after an illness borne with great dignity. Deeply missed by his loving wife Mary and children Stephen, Oonagh, Eoin and Gavin, daughters-in-law Ann and Patricia, darling grandchild Ciara, brother Brendan, sister Sheila, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and wide circle of very dear friends and colleagues.

Reposing at his home on Tuesday evening from 5pm until 8pm. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.15am to arrive at St. Brigid's Church, The Curragh Camp for 11am Mass, with funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium arriving at approx. 1.45pm. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Donation box in the Church.

Carpe Diem

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Alliance of Retired Public Servants – DEVELOPMENTS

The Executive Officers of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) have held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments. Regional Meetings are being organised by the Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners countrywide. At a Regional meeting held in Limerick on 20th October 2014, the Alliance Chairman, Mr Brian Burke, stated that the main objectives of the Alliance were the restoration of pensions levels, the restoration of parity with salary increases and full negotiating rights for ARPS. There exists a fundamental discrimination between how the USC is applied to public service pensions and to private sector pensions and only marginal change to this was reflected in the recent budget.

While the Haddington Road Agreement contains specific provision for the restoration of salaries for serving public servants, no such formal commitment exists for the restoration of pensions.

Retired public service pensioners have no official negotiation rights and this situation needs to be addressed. The Industrial Relations Acts only deal with “Workers” and do not include or make provision for Public Service Pensioners. The Alliance is at present discussing these and other anomalies with Mr. Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and his staff.

The Alliance is writing to all Party Leaders to urge early restoration of pensions and progress with the USC. It will also write to all Oireachtas and EU Parliament members. Individuals will be encouraged to contact their local TDs.

Further Regional Meetings will be held in the coming months and an information document, outlining the key issues, will be prepared and distributed. ARCO members will be informed of the dates and locations of future meetings and are encouraged to attend these. The next meeting is being provisionally planned for the Wexford/Kilkenny area.

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