Welcome

Welcome to the Website of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO). ARCO was founded in 1993 and our purpose is to represent retired officers of the Permanent Defence Force of Ireland. We have some 800 members. Our main focus has always been on pension issues and our website enables us to provide members with information on this, along with details on a broad range of issues and events. To communicate effectively with our members we also publish two Newsletters every year, hold an Annual General Meeting in October and have developed a Texting Service.

To be successful, ARCO needs a continuous flow of new members and we urge serving officers, who are about to retire from the Permanent Defence Force, to join. ARCO will provide you with a continuity of representation and information into the future.

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Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Martin O’Donnell, a member of 28 Cadet Class (1953-1955), River Court, Newbridge, County Kildare. On November 22, 2019, peacefully, after a short illness at Naas Hospital with his loving family by his side. Sadly missed by his loving wife Catherine, sons Shane and Martin, daughter Roisín, daughter-in-law Siobhán, Donna, grandchildren, brothers Andy, Desmond, Eamonn and Hugh, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews and nieces, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home on Sunday from 3 pm with prayers at 7 pm. Removal on Monday morning at 10.30 am to arrive at Saint Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge for 11 am Mass. Funeral afterwards to Saint Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis

 

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Application of Pension Increases & Restoration – November 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform:  Information Note

ARCO is a proactive member of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants.

Following a request from the Alliance, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has provided an Information Note in relation to the amelioration of the Public Service Pension Reduction, and the application of the pension increase policy.

Whereas the substance of the Information Note has already been directly and indirectly conveyed to ARCO’s membership, the summary contained in this document will be of interest to all.

The Information Note can be downloaded here.

 

ARCO:  Military Service Allowance submission

On 31 October, ARCO made a comprehensive submission to the Minister with Responsibility for Defence regarding the application of the increase in Military Service Allowance to military pensions.

This Submission can be downloaded here.

 

Public Service Pay Commission:  Allowances & Rates of Pay – 01 September 2019

For Officers paying Class A PRSI: Link to current Rates of Pay and MSA

For Officers paying Class C PRSI: Link to current Rates of Pay and MSA

For all Officers: Link to revised Allowances arising from the Public Service Pay Commission’s Report w.e.f. 04 July

 

Department of Defence:  Payment of December Pensions

Military pensions will be paid on 19 December.

Department of Defence:  Queries

Queries on Defence Forces pensions should, in the first instance, be referred to:

  • PSSC Helpdesk, Payroll Shared Service Centre, Áras an tSáile, Renmore, Galway, H91 AN2E.
  • Telephone: 076 1002 702.
  • Email militarypensions@pssc.gov.ie.

 

Queries on Defence Forces pension terms or entitlements should in the first instance, be referred to:

  • Pensions Administration Section, Finance Branch, Department of Defence, Áras an tSáile, Renmore, Galway, H91 AN2E.
  • Telephone: 091 743 900, or Lo-Call 1890-426444 (extension 3900).
  • Email pensions.admin@defence.ie

 

EXCOM

November 2019

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Overview of our 2019 AGM

The Association’s 25th AGM took place in McKee Barracks, Dublin on 04 October, with the kind permission of the military authorities.  The draft minutes will be circulated, in due course.

To view a Report on the AGM download here.

Officers’ Reports

Reports were presented by the President, Brig Gen Paul Pakenham (Retd), the Hon Secretary: Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd), the Hon Treasurer: Lt Col Richard Cummins (Retd) and the Hon Membership Secretary: Col Richard Heaslip (Retd).  All reports, including the audited accounts for the period ended 31 July 2019, were unanimously adopted.

To view the President’s Report please download here.

Elections

ARCO’s Officers, Regional Representatives, Trustees and Honorary Auditor were unanimously elected for the coming 12 months. 

Executive Committee Motions

The following motions were unanimously adopted:

  • Motion 1 – Aim and Objectives: Within ARCO’s Rules, insert a new Rule 2A titled Aim, and replace the existing Rule 2 titled Objectives, with new Rule 2 titled Objectives.
  • Motion 2 – Subscription: The annual subscription will be increased by €5 from €25 to €30.
  • Motion 3 – Tenure of Office: Within ARCO’s Rules, delete the final sub paragraph in Rule 13 and insert a new Rule 14A titled Tenure of Office.

 

Aim and Revised Objectives

Building on its ethos, values and accomplishments, and with a willingness to change, the Aim and revised Objectives allow ARCO to substantially change its posture, whilst remaining representative, relevant, and viable, in order to safeguard its future.

To read the Aim and revised Objectives, please download here.

Rules

The Rules now incorporate a new paragraph “2A Aims”, an amended paragraph “2 Objectives”, and a new paragraph “14A Tenure of Office”, as adopted by the 25th AGM convened in McKee Barracks, on 04 October 2019.

To read the Rules, please download here, or visit the Rules Section on the Website.

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ARCO’s 25th Anniversary Reception – 16 Oct 2019

2019 marks ARCO’s 25 years of steadfast service to the Defence Community. On 24 June 1994, the Association was formally launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House. Among the Founding Fathers were: Col Kevin Hanley, Col Jim Fagan, Lt Col Frank Neill, Lt Col Jackie Deveraux, Lt Col Ned Cusack, Capt Ray Tumulty and Comdt Leo Quinlan.

Marking its Silver Jubilee, ARCO hosted a reception in The Stephen’s Green Club, on 16 October.

The list of invitees included the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe, Government Ministers, Representatives from Political Parties, the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence, RACO, PDFORRA, RDFRA, CAOGA, DFBF, Veterans’ Associations, Retired Public Servants Associations, and the Media.

The welcome address, delivered by Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd), can be downloaded HERE.

At the conclusion of the reception, Senator Michael McDowell SC, who was the Guest Speaker, was presented with his Certificate of Service with the 6 Field Military Police Company (FCA).

 

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Retirement – Brigadier General Philip Brennan

Philip Brennan

Brigadier General Philip Brennan, MILREP to the EUMC & NATO/PfP, retires from the Defence Forces on the 21st of October 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Brigadier General Brennan served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation and buffet to mark Brigadier General Brennan’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny, on Thursday, 14th November 2019 at 1600hrs. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

Those attending are requested to notify the Mess Secretary, at eamonn.hennessy@defenceforces.ie or 01 8045611 NLT 1630 hours on Thursday, 7th November 2019.

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ARCO’s 25th Anniversary

On 24 June 1994, ARCO was launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House.

As such, 2019 marks the Association’s 25 years of steadfast service to the Defence Community.

The Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, marked the event by sending a formal letter to the President of ARCO.  To view the Minister’s letter, download here.

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25th Anniversary Reception – ARCO

On 24th June 1994, the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) was formally launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its foundation, the Association is hosting a reception in The Stephen’s Green Club, 9, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, on Wednesday, 16th October at 1830 hrs. The Lord Mayor will be in attendance, and Senator Michael McDowell SC will be our Guest Speaker. See attached notification.

For registration purposes, those members of ARCO who wish to attend the reception are requested to respond by email to: rsvparco25@gmail.com

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NFPA Demonstration – 01 October

 

Established in 1976, the National Federation of Pensioners Associations (NFPA) has twenty Pensioners Associations, including ARCO, currently affiliated to it. These represent in the region of 29,000 pensioners. The Federation includes Pensioners from the Public Service, Semi-State Bodies and from Private Industry.

NFPA aims to protect and promote the interests of pensioners and retired persons.

The NFPA is holding a demonstration at 1300hrs on Tuesday 01 October, outside Dáil Éireann, seeking “Arbitration, Representation and a Commissioner for Older People”. 

Members of ARCO wishing to participate are advised that assembly is at 1230hrs on Molseworth Street.

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Defence Forces Values Awards

 

At a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin, on 11 September, President Michael D. Higgins presented the Defence Forces Values Awards. The awards are given to serving or retired Defence Forces personnel whose conduct exemplifies the standards of respect, loyalty, selflessness, physical courage, moral courage and integrity expected of members of the Defence Forces.

To read the speech delivered by President Higgins at the ceremony, please follow this LINK.

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ARCO 25th Annual General Meeting

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NOTICE TO MEMBERS

ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

25th Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks

1130hrs, Friday, 04 October 2019

AGENDA:

  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 24th AGM – 05 October 2018
  • President’s Report
  • Report of the Hon. Secretary
  • Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include Audited Accounts
  • Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary
  • Appointment of Auditor and Trustees
  • Appointment of Officers, Regional Representatives
  • Executive Committee Motions
  • Any Other Business
  • President’s Closing Remarks

 

Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd)

Honorary Secretary

ARCO

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Honorary Secretary not later than Sunday 29 September 2019 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 Barracks.

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 29 September 2019.

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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