Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pension Restoration

Following on from consultations with representatives of The Alliance of Retired Public Servants, of which ARCO is a member, the Government has announced an easing in Public Service Pension Reductions.

The changes provide for some restoration of pension income on a phased basis over three years as follows:

1 January 2016 – return of €400 to most PSPR-impacted pensioners

1 January 2017 – return of €500 to most PSPR-impacted pensioners

1 January 2018 – return of €780 to most PSPR-impacted pensioners

The full statement on the matter from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform may be read here.


The following are some dates-for-your-diary.  Details of these events will either be posted on this website or will be available locally closer to their dates. 

  • National Day of Commemoration 

Members are encouraged to attend the National Day of Commemoration at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Sunday, 12 July.

  • The National Memorial Merrion Square

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’. Ceremonies will take place at Archbishop Ryan Park, Merrion Square, Dublin, every Saturday, from 18 July to 22 August. 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.

  • Veterans’ Day

The Defence Forces Veterans’ Day will take place in Collins Barracks, Cork on Saturday, 12 September.


The ARCO AGM will be held on Friday, 2nd October in McKee Barracks, Dublin.

  • Carol Service Arbour Hill Church

The Annual Carol Service will take place on Wednesday, 9 December and has proven to be a very popular event with our members.

  • Defence Forces Annual Gala Concerts

Watch out for the dates and details of The Defence Forces Annual Gala Concerts: these are held in Dublin (The National Concert Hall) in the Defence Forces Training Centre (St. Brigid’s Garrison Church) and in Cork (The City Hall). 

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UNOPS Global Personnel Recruitment System

We have been advised that the office of the UNOPS Global Personnel Recruitment System still has vacancies for former military officers and is anxious to hear from ARCO members who may be interested. ARCO members can follow this LINK to register with the UNOPS' Roster. The Roster is used by UNOPS when recruiting and deploying personnel to their global peacekeeping, development and humanitarian operations.

CAOGA Benefits and Rates 2015

ARCO members, who are also members of CAOGA, will be interested in the information contained in the attached brief from that organisation. This gives the latest details of the Benefits and Rates for the CAOGA Group Life Assurance Plan, its Friendly Society Scheme and its Benevolent Fund.

ARCO members attention is particularly drawn to the proviso that retired/retained members who voluntarily undertake employment abroad are obliged to inform CAOGA in advance and may not be covered for such employment. 

The CAOGA office recently moved from Parkgate to McKee Barracks, Dublin. You can contact the Secretary, Comdt. Manus Ward, at 01-8042785 or the CAOGA Administrative Officer, Ms. Judy Farrell, at 01 8042786 or e-mail

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Lt. Col. Tony Kelly RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Patrick A. (Tony) Kelly, late of Calverstown, County Kildare and of the Corps of Engineers, McKee Barracks, Dublin. On 3rd June 2015 (peacefully) after a short illness. Beloved husband of Carmel. Predeceased by his father Paddy. Sadly missed by his loving family, his mother Maeve, sisters Helen, Bernadette, Muriel, Ruth and Rachel, brothers David and Brian, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, colleagues in the Defence Forces and friends.

Removal on Friday evening from Fanagans Funeral Home, Kimmage, to St. Colmcille’s Church, Knocklyon, arriving at 5pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at 11am followed by burial in Mount Venus Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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RACO Phone Offer

ARCO Members can now avail of the latest RACO phone offer provided they were members of RACO upon retirement or upon promotion to a rank not represented by RACO.

The offer works this way:

  • An ARCO member purchases a new phone or upgrades their Vodafone contract in a Vodafone shop or online.
  • When s/he has a contract in place with Vodafone, s/he can use the Word Document HERE to provide their details to ARCO. To do this the form should be filled out electronically and saved to a computer.
  • When completing the form ARCO members should enter 'ARCO' for the 'Company Name' and use their Defence Force number as the ‘ARCO Number'.
  • The saved form should be attached to an e mail giving your personal details and forwarded to ARCO at
  • ARCO will confirm eligibility with RACO.
  • On confirmation of eligibility from RACO Vodafone will apply the 20% discount to the account and member should see the discount on their next bill.

Details of the savings are available HERE.

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