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ARCO 23rd Annual General Meeting


23rd Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks
1130hrs, Friday, 06 October 2017


  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 22nd AGM – 14 October 2016
  • President’s Report
  • Report of the Hon. Secretary
  • Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include audited A/Cs
  • Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary
  • Appointment of Auditor
  • Elections to Executive Committee
  • Any Other Business


Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd)
Honorary Secretary

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Honorary Secretary not later than Sunday 01 October 2017 as failure to do so may cause security difficulties at the point of entry to McKee Barracks. Don’t forget to bring your I.D. card to facilitate your entry into Bks.

Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs and the Meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Defence Forces School of Catering at 1130hrs.

A light lunch with wine (gratis) will be served after the meeting. Those wishing to partake of lunch must also notify this to the Honorary Secretary by Sunday 01 October 2017.

Apologies from those unable to attend may be conveyed to the Honorary Secretary and will be read out on the day.

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ARCO presents cheque to DFBF

On Tuesday, 29th August 2017 the President of ARCO, Cmdr Gerard O’Flynn (Retd) presented the Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with a contribution of €2,000 towards the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund on behalf of the members of ARCO at the Officers Mess, McKee Barracks. Cmdr O’Flynn was accompanied by Col George Kerton (Retd), Vice President, and Lt Col Richard Cummins (Retd),Treasurer. Vice Admiral Mellett was accompanied by the Assistant Chief of Staff (Support), Brig Gen Peter O’Halloran.

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Retirement Lunches

The following are details of upcoming lunches to mark the retirement of two officers of Óglaigh na hÉireann. Members of ARCO may wish to attend the lunches or forward best wishes. Please note that subscriptions will not be sought as part of these functions. The lunches, however, must be booked in advance with the respective Offices’ Mess and members should arrange to discharge the cost of their lunch with the Mess concerned.

Colonel Brendan McAndrew. A lunch will be held on Thursday, 14 September 2017 to mark the retirement, after 41 years’ service, of Colonel Brendan McAndrew of the Infantry Corps. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify the Mess Secretary at or the Mess Sgt at 01 8046460 or 01 8046355, NLT 1630hrs on Friday, 08 September 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour. A lunch will be held on Friday, 29 September 2017 to mark the retirement, after 44 years’ service, of Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour of the Cavalry Corps. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, Dublin. Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify the Mess Secretary at or the Mess Sgt at 01 8046194 NLT 1630hrs on Friday, 22 September 2017.

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Lt. Col. Jim Roche RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel James (Jim) Roche, Silliot Hill, Kildare Town, Kildare.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away suddenly on Saturday, 10th June 2017, doing what he loved – gardening! Father of the late John. Survived by his loving wife Ita, sons Shane, Gavin and Niall, grandchildren Ben, Tara, Sophia and Clodagh, his brothers, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, Aunt Alice, relatives and friends.

May his gentle soul rest in peace

Reposing at his residence on Wednesday, 14th June, from 4 pm until 8 pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.15 am to arrive at St. Brigid’s Parish Church, Kildare Town, for Mass at 11 am, followed by burial in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Kildare Town. Family flowers only, please.


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Understanding the Pension Schemes

ARCO’s Strategy on Pension Related Issues includes relative information on the pension schemes for retired commissioned officers of the Permanent Defence Force.

The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers has kindly provided permission to post its information booklets which provide general information on the four pension schemes that have evolved.

The booklets, prepared by Colonel Brian O’Keeffe (Retd) former General-Secretary of RACO and commissioned by the Irish Pensions and Finance, may be accessed through the following links:


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Col. Paddy McNally RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Patrick (Paddy) McNally of Skerries, Dublin, on 17th May, 2017 peacefully at St Francis Hospice, Raheny. Husband of the late Maeve; sadly missed by his loving family, children Conor, Ross, Maeve and Aoibheann, grandchildren Darragh, Aislinn, Brigid, Róisin, Patrick, Sorcha, Alex, Bláithin, Ross and Alannah, great-grandson Leo, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends.

Reposing at home Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. House strictly private on Sunday. Removal Monday to St Patrick’s Church, Skerries, arriving 10.50am for 11am funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Ardla Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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Submissions by ARCO to Government Ministers on Pension Issues

Having already made a comprehensive submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on 03 April, and having published its Strategy on Pension Related Issues on this website, the EXCOM of ARCO made submissions to the:

Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence and the

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform,

on 04 May 2017, in which it took the opportunity to advance its position on the following pension related matters:

  • the valuation of public servants’ pensions,
  • the process of pension restoration under FEMPI,
  • the mechanisms associated with pension abatement,
  • the determination of pension increases, and
  • access to an independent third party mechanism for pension related issues.

These additional submissions may be accessed by clicking on the respective Minister’s titles above. Again, the EXCOM welcomes feedback on these documents.

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Lt. Col. Jack O’Donoghue RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John P. (Jack) O’Donoghue of Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, and formerly of Athlone and Cahirsiveen. Peacefully, on May 4th, 2017 in the wonderful care of The Blackrock Hospice. Beloved husband of Margaret, who died recently on April 18th, and loving father of Maria, Clíodhna, Donncha, Dairíne, Áine, John and Mairéad. Sadly missed by his grieving family, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, his thirteen treasured grandchildren, sisters Treasa, Eileen and Bernadette, brothers Fr Jim and Martin, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposing on Saturday evening, May 6th, from 3pm to 5.30pm in Carnegies Funeral Home, The Crescent, Monkstown. Funeral Mass on Monday morning, May 8th, at 10am in St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown followed by Cremation in the Garden Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only please.

I measc na naomh go raibh sé

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ARCO’s Strategy on Pension Related Issues – May 2017

The Public Service Pay Commission is expected to submit its report to Government in May 2017. Talks on public service pay will follow. In parallel, the Government will focus on significant pension reform for State employees. A commitment to reverse the public service pension deductions by 2021 is provided for in the Programme for a Partnership Government. In the interim, corrections in pensions are reflected in the amelioration process on 01 January 2016, 01 January 2017, and 01 January 2018. Beyond the process of pension restoration and pay negotiations, it is likely the Government will further address the adjustment of the value of public service pensions by means of pay or other linkages.

During active service and in retirement, ARCO’s membership made a significant financial contribution in the delivery of unprecedented savings across the public service. In the current financial climate, 2021 as a possible date for the full restoration of pensions is unwarranted and unfair. The value of pensions should be protected, and an appropriate independent third party mechanism is necessary to address pension anomalies and entitlements.

In this context, the EXCOM has developed a comprehensive Strategy on pension related issues. The Strategy provides relevant information, outlines ARCO’s position on specific subjects and prescribes the associated implementation process. The objective is to inform ARCO’s membership on evolving pension issues and to provide the EXCOM with material for use in submissions to external stakeholders.

Subjects addressed include: Valuation of Public Service Pensions, Pension Restoration, Pension Abatement, Provision for Pension Increases, and Independent Third Party Mechanism.

Each section contains relevant information, statistics, and constructive analysis. Within key sections, both the Government’s position and ARCO’s approach to address specific issues are outlined. For ease of reference, ARCO’s position on all issues is consolidated in Annex ‘A’. Annex ‘B’ provides an Aide Memoire (TACAID) of key lobbying issues.

Availing of the information contained within the Implementation Section and Annex B, members are encouraged to be actively engaged in the lobbying process. Feedback on the Strategy will be welcomed by the EXCOM.

Following on from its submission to the Pay Commission, the EXCOM made submissions to the Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 04 May 2017. These additional submissions will be posted on the website, in due course.

Link to Strategy

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Submission to the Public Service Pay Commission

Public Service Pay Commission. On 18 October 2016, the Government approved the establishment of an independent Public Service Pay Commission to advise it on public service pay. The Commission will shortly provide an initial report to Government on public service remuneration in the context of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts 2009 – 2015. In its findings the Commission will take account of the superannuation and other benefits that apply in the public service and will consider the issue of public service pensions in the context of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s pension evaluation. The inclusion of the value of Public Service Pensions in the determination of the Commission’s findings will have major implications for future levels of pay in the Public Service and will impact significantly on how pensions are calculated.

ARCO’s Submission. On 03 April 2017, ARCO made a substantial submission to the Commission, advancing its concerns on the mechanism used for calculating the value of public service pensions and conveying the Association’s position on the process of pension restoration under FEMPI. ARCO’s submission also addressed the determination of pension increases, existing pension anomalies, and access to an independent third party mechanism by retired public servants. The EXCOM welcomes feedback on the submitted document.

LINK to ARCO’s submission