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Statement from ARCO

Statement of Concern from the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) on the serious deterioration of conditions of service and the depletion of strategic defence capabilities in the Defence Forces.

The Association of Retired Commissioned Officers feels obliged to express its deep concern at the progressive deterioration of the conditions of service of members of the Defence Forces, and its dramatic impact on depleting the strategic capabilities required to deliver the Government’s taskings, in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.

The Permanent Defence Force is currently struggling to cope with the continuous exodus of trained and experienced personnel of all ranks. The resulting depletion of leadership echelons and corporate military knowledge, is leading to a further strategic deterioration of defence capabilities, caused by the inability to retain personnel across all ranks having the necessary skills and competencies, and the challenges encountered with attracting appropriate personnel to the Defence Forces.

It is regrettable that the loyalty, commitment, contribution and immense personal sacrifices made by personnel in implementing the strategic downsizing and reorganization of the Defence Forces, is undermined and negated by the lack of meaningful Government action in providing appropriate remuneration and enduring conditions of service for personnel of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

For many who served in the years that led to the establishment of the Gleeson Commission, it is extraordinary that we are witnessing a return to a similar set of circumstances by way of active protest undertaken by retired personnel, and the families of serving personnel, highlighting unsatisfactory Defence Forces remuneration and conditions of service.

ARCO calls on the Government to ensure there is a meaningful engagement between the Department of Defence, the Military Authorities and Representative Associations to identify and develop policies that will address, without delay, the serious retention and remuneration issues that are undermining the Defence Forces operational readiness, coupled with the morale and well-being of its personnel.

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ARCO Data Protection & Privacy Policy

The Association of Retired Commissioned Officers Data Protection & Privacy Policy protects the rights, privacy and personal data of individuals in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 – 2003, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR), effective from 25th of May 2018.

ARCO’s Data Protection & Privacy Policy, adopted by the Executive Committee on 20 July, can be accessed HERE. Hard copies are available on request.

Members of ARCO may wish to note that some or all of the following personal data, provided voluntarily on your membership application, is currently held by ARCO: Name, Rank, Service Number, Pension Number, Address, Spouse’s Name, Corps/Staff/Unit on Retirement, Year Retired, Home Phone Number, Mobile Phone Number, Email Address and signed authorisation for deduction of ARCO Annual Subscription from your Defence Forces Pension.

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ONE’s Fuchsia Appeal

The Fuchsia Appeal runs annually to raise funds for ONE’s charitable endeavours, namely the provision of accommodation and other assistance to ex-service personnel in need.

The following is a LINK to an article on ONE Homes in the digital edition of the Irish Times.

Although the main drive of the appeal takes place during the month of July, which is the month of the National Day of Commemoration, donations are welcome at any time and may be made at www.oneconnect.ie

The Fuchsia was chosen as a symbol as it is widely grown throughout Ireland and is commonly known as Deora Dé or God’s Tears in the West of Ireland. It is also a fundraising emblem, a badge of remembrance and a symbol of honour to those currently serving in the Defence Forces.

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RELATE – December 2017 Edition

Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. The December 2017 issue of Relate covers some of the problems that may affect people who live in urban areas. These include boundary disputes, doing work on party structures, trees, noise and control of animals.

If you would like to receive Relate by email you can subscribe by sending an email with the subject line SUBSCRIBE to relate@ciboard.ie including your name.

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Arty Club’s AGM & Annual Lunch

The Artillery Club’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place, by kind permission of the GOC 2 Brigade, in the Auditorium, School of Catering, McKee Barracks Dublin at 1130hrs, on Friday, 01 December.  Coffee will be available in the Officers’ Mess from 1030hrs.

Following the AGM, the Annual Saint Barbara’s Day Lunch will take place in the Officers’ Mess Dining Room at 1330hrs.  

Attendees are requested to notify the Club’s Secretary, Commandant Lar Joye (larjoye@gmail.com) (086 8605678), of their intention to attend both the AGM and Lunch. 

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Christmas Package for Overseas Personnel

The opportunity has arisen for families and friends to send a Christmas package, via the internal Defence Forces’ system, to personnel currently serving overseas. If members of ARCO would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact Commandant Niall O’Donoghue at 086 8753003 who will provide full details on how to obtain the designated container and customs declaration form from the nearest military barracks.

Return of packages is requested by Wednesday, 29 November. We understand the container is relatively small – suggesting quality over quantity!

ARCO is pleased to support this initiative and wishes to extend a Peaceful and Happy Christmas to all Defence Forces personnel serving overseas and to their families and friends.

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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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Report – ARCO Wreath Laying Ceremony

A great turnout of members on Friday, 7th October, 2016 for the Wreath laying Ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance. The following is a link to the Irish Times report of the event: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/defence-forces-rescue-of-migrants-praised-at-1916-commemoration-ceremony-1.2823580

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ARCO Members’ Briefing – Dublin

An information meeting for ARCO members will take place in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, at 1130 hrs on Friday, 17 June.

Coffee will be available from 1100 hrs. The Executive Committee will update members on matters of broad interest in relation to Association matters.

Please indicate your intention to attend, by return, to arcoreply@eircom.net or by text only to the ARCO Texting Service at 087 9097860. A light lunch will be provided by ARCO.

Please ensure you bring your ID Card with you to gain entry to Cathal Brugha Barracks.

 

 

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Information Needs

Members of ARCO will have information needs, from time to time, in relation to a wide range of areas that come under the responsibility of state and other bodies. These include social welfare benefits, education grants, the administration of a deceased person’s estate, tax and investment issues, marriage and other relationships, consumer rights, pensions, domestic charges etc.

The most effective way of getting information on these issues is through the Citizens Information Board.  This organisation provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland through its website, www.citizensinformation.ie, which contains comprehensive information on these matters, and more. 

You can also phone the Citizens Information Phone Service at 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, or visit your local Citizens Information Centre.

Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. If you would like to receive Relate by email you can subscribe by sending an email with the subject line SUBSCRIBE to relate@ciboard.ie, including your name.

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