Monthly Archives: August 2015

General Manager – The Island Golf Club



ARCO has been advised about a vacancy for General Manager at The Island Golf Club, details of which may be found HERE.

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Veterans’ Day 2015


The 2015 Defence Forces Veterans’ Day will take place on Saturday, 12th September in Collins Barracks, Cork.

All Defence Forces’ Veterans have been invited. The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., the Chief of Staff and the General Staff will be in attendance. A shuttle bus service will be provided for Veterans, from Cork Bus station and Kent Railway station, to Collins Barracks (and return) beginning at 1045hrs and continuing every 15 minutes until 1900hrs.

The programme for the day is as follows:

  • Reception of guests in Collins Barracks at 1100hrs
  • Commemorative Mass in the Garrison Church at 1200hrs
  • Commemorative ceremony presided over by the Minister for Defence at 1300hrs
  • Display of military equipment, Military Archives and insignia from 1400hrs
  • Refreshments will be served from 1500hrs


We ask that as many ARCO members as possible attend this event and participate in the ceremony.

We look forward to seeing you in Cork on the day.

A launch of Veterans' Day will held on Friday, 28th August at 1030 hrs in the NCO's Mess, Collins Barracks, Cork. Collins Officers' Mess invites all its members to attend this event prior to the usual Friday Club.


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LATEST UPDATE – Payroll Shared Service Centre

ARCO recently met with Department of Defence (DoD) officials to discuss the introduction of the Payroll Shared Service Centre (PSSC). At this meeting it was announced that the PSSC has been established and will assume responsibility for pension payments from this October.

ARCO members will be aware from previous postings that the PSSC, which is a Government initiative administered by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, aims to consolidate and integrate payrolls from the 18 payroll centres currently delivering this service to 53 Departments and Offices. All DoD payrolls – including those for retired military personnel in receipt of pensions – will now migrate to the PSSC.

DoD will write to all pensioners in September outlining how it proposes to manage the move and how it will impact on pensioners. DoD personnel directly involved in pension and salary payments will transfer to the PSSC but will remain based in Galway. The PSCC helpdesk will operate from Killarney and will deal with general pension queries for all public service pensioners. Galway will, however, continue to deal with queries in relation to what DoD terms ‘pension entitlements’.  Pensioners will have the opportunity of opting to view their pension slips and P60 on line and printing them off where necessay. Where pensioners do NOT opt for this system the pension slip will continue, as before, to come through the letterbox every month.

ARCO remains concerned in relation to:

  • The difficulties further moves towards online pension services could present for some ARCO members.
  • The potential confusion that could result from having dual points-of-contact to deal with pension related queries.
  • The fact that civil servants, with no previous knowledge or background in matters specific to Defence Forces' pensions, could eventually become responsible for administering military pension accounts.
Members should forward any observations they might have on the matter.

ARCO AGM 2nd October 2015


21st Annual General Meeting in Mckee Barracks at 1130hrs on Friday 2nd October 2015




  1. Opening Address by President, ARCO

  2. Minutes of 20th AGM – 3rd October 2014

  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. Elections to Executive Committee

  9. Any Other Business


It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Hon Sec not later than Friday 25th 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 from 1030hrs and lunch will be provided after the meeting.

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General Collins’ Commemoration – Cathal Brugha Barracks

The General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade, Brigadier General Michael Beary, has extended an invitation to ARCO members to the Defence Forces’ annual commemoration of our first Commander-in-Chief, General Michael Collins.

The commemoration takes place in Cathal Brugha Barracks at twelve noon on Saturday the 22nd of August, the 93rd anniversary of the death of General Collins. The event will be attended by the Chief of Staff, along with members of the Collins family.

The event will comprise of a remembrance ceremony at the General Collins Memorial in Cathal Brugha Barracks followed by a lecture entitled “Glorious Madness – military aspects of the 1916 Rising”, which will be delivered by Captain Lar Joye (RDF), Curator of Military History at the National Museum of Ireland.

Click HERE for an outline of the day’s programme.

ARCO members should indicate their intention to attend, not later than the 17th of August 2015, to Sgt Ruarí Byrne at and should also indicate if they will avail of lunch in the Barrack Dining Centre.

A few additional administrative points received on 17th August:

  • Guests are asked to arrive not later than 1115hrs.
  • Tea and coffee will be made available at the rear end of the dining hall from 1030hrs.
  • The Main Barrack Gate will be locked at 1145hrs to ensure there is no interference with the ceremony.
  • The Canal Gate will be open from 1000hrs to facilitate entry to and exit from the Barracks.
  • Meal tickets will be available for purchase at the Tea/ Coffee area and in the NCO dining hall at the Archives' display.


The Executive Committee of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers has considered the recent statement by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the government’s decision to commence the restoration of Public Service Pension Reductions.

ARCO congratulates the Alliance of Retired Public Servants in achieving this on behalf of its members. While acknowledging this as a step in the right direction, ARCO is aware that the objective of the full restoration of service pensions remains to be achieved. 

This, along with negotiating rights for public service pensioners and a strategy to address the need for real pension increases will continue to be the guiding principle for the Alliance, of which ARCO is a founding member.