Category Archives: Submissions

ARCO’s Submission – National Security Strategy

Under the auspices of the National Security Analysis Centre, the Government is proposing to develop a National Security Strategy.  A public consultation process took place from 05 December through 31 December,

ARCO made a formal submission to the Department of An Taoiseach on 28 December, which is attached along with the covering letter

Whereas a wide range of security issues falling under the domain of defence are discussed in ARCO’s submission, the format follows the order of the four questions circulated by the National Security Analysis Centre on 05 December:

  • Principle Threats (Risks) to Ireland’s National Security,
  • National Security Strategic Goals (Objectives),
  • Relevance of Traditional National Security Policies and Approaches, and
  • Required Strategic Capabilities Approaches (Means).

ARCO’s SUBMISSION – Review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy and External Relations

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is undertaking a review of Ireland’s foreign policy and external relations. The purpose of the review is to provide an updated statement of Ireland’s foreign policy and to identify a series of recommendations for its conduct, with a view to ensuring that the Government is equipped with the right mix of policies and instruments to promote our values and interests in a complex and changing international environment.

Ireland’s current foreign policy goals and objectives are outlined in the Statement of Strategy for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The purpose of the Public Consultation Document is to seek the views of interested stakeholders and members of the public.

The Executive Committee decided that ARCO would make a formal written submission on the matter to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and this is arcosubmissiondfajan2014.

ARCO’s SUBMISSION – White Paper on Defence

On 16 July, 2013, the Department of Defence launched its Green Paper on Defence, which is available on the Department’s website.

The aim of the Green Paper is to stimulate debate on Defence Issues and to focus attention on policy issues that the new White Paper should address.

The associated consultative process commenced with the launch of the Green Paper, providing the general public and interested bodies with the opportunity of presenting views with the deadline of 10 October.

During its meeting of 19 July, the Executive Committee decided that ARCO would make a formal written submission on the White Paper.

At a specially convened meeting held on 20 September, the Executive Committee approved the submission, which was submitted to the Department of Defence on 4 October 2013.

The submission, which is attached, consists of six parts: Introduction, Political Dimension, Defence and Security Environment, Military Dimension, Resource Dimension and Conclusions.

Following an invitation from the Department of Defence, ARCO presented a verbal briefing on its submission during the month of December 2013.

The new White Paper will be published in 2014.

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White Paper on Defence – Submission by ARCO

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter T.D., has published a Green Paper on Defence which may be viewed at:
The Green Paper aims to facilitate submissions to a new White Paper on Defence, due to be completed in early 2014, by setting out the policy context and the key policy questions to be considered in its preparation. The Minister has initiated a public consultative process and has invited inputs from all interested parties.
In order to ensure that ARCO members’ views may be fully reflected, the Association is engaging fully with the consultative process and will make a written submission on the White Paper. To this end it has formed a Working Group to prepare this and has already invited members to submit their recommendations to it.
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