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Agenda – ARCO Annual General Meeting

19th Annual General Meeting – Mckee Barracks

Saturday 05 October 2013


  1. Opening Address by President, ARCO
  2. Minutes of 18th AGM – 27 October 2012
  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. Draft ARCO Rules
  10. ARCO White Paper on Defence Submission
  11. Any Other Business
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Payment Date for Military Pensions

ARCO members will be aware, from a previous posting on this website, that the payment arrangements for their monthly military pension will change from the current 20th of the month to the end of the month.  The Department of Defence will write to members during the month of September outlining the proposed changeover procedures.  They will ask members to make the necessary arrangements with their financial institutions in relation to regular repayments that might be based on the present payment date of the 20th of the month.

The following are the indicated dates for the phased introduction of the new pension payment arrangements over the 6 month period, November 2013 to April 2014.

  • Payment date 22 November.
  • Payment date 18 December. (The December payment will remain at this date going forward.)
  • Payment date 22 January.
  • Payment date 24 February.
  • Payment date 28 March.
  • Payment date 30 April.

Those members who qualified for pensions after 1 March 2012 are already being paid on the last day of the month.

Important Message from CAOGA

Dear Member,
CAOGA is inviting applications from Officers serving and retired who are living in long-term committed relationships for a period of at least one year, who wish to admit their cohabiting partner to membership of the CAOGA Friendly Society and Group Life Assurance Scheme. This three month window has been extended to allow the admission of partners who are forty-five years or over to join the Friendly Society and the group scheme. (Cohabiting partners under 45 years of age may apply to join at any time.)
Cohabiting Nominated Membership
Eligibility for Cohabiting Nominated Membership is conditional on both the member and the proposed Cohabiting Partner Member at the time of application being:

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38th Cadet Class 50th Reunion

On the 7th October 1963 a group of young men assembled at The Cadet School, The Military College, Curragh Military Camp, to form the 38th Cadet Class of the Defence Forces. We intend commemorating this event by arranging a reunion on the 16th October 2013 in Dublin.

Will any class members interested please contact Brian O'Connor, at 086-8274400, or at email as soon as possible to obtain further information.

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Maj. Gen. Michael F. Minehane RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Michael F. (Mick) Minehane of Leopardstown, Dublin and late of Bantry. On Sunday 11 August, peacefully at the Beacon Hospital. Beloved husband of Maura and father of Michéal, Ann, Cathal and Niamh. Sadly missed by his family, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

Removal on Tuesday, August 13, to the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally arriving at 6pm. Funeral Mass at 10am on Wednesday followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

Payment of Military Pensions by cheque

ARCO members will be aware from a previous posting on this website that Payable Orders (i.e. the payment of pensions by cheque) will be abolished from 30 August 2013 under the Public Service Reform Plan. After that date public service pensions will be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) only and no other facility will be available for doing so. All government departments and public bodies are implementing this decision.

Individual contact by Pensions Payment Section of the Department of Defence has already been made with the small number of military pensioners who are still being paid by Payable Order. In order to ensure the continued payment of pensions when Payable Orders cease to issue, Pensions Payments Section has sought their banking account details from those concerned. The cut off date is just a few weeks away and ARCO has been advised that the ‘closedown’ date for the September pension payroll is 12/13 of that month.

If members are aware of anyone who, for whatever reason, has not yet moved to EFT, please encourage them to make the necessary arrangements with Pensions Payments Section. This will ensure their pension can be paid by EFT in September. The options in that regard are set out in the correspondence that was sent to them. Anyone who needs to discuss the details with Pensions Payments Section should contact Martin Hughes at 091-743811.

Lt. Col. Pat Scannell RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Patrick (Pat) Scannell of Douglas Road, Cork On July 27th 2013, unexpectedly at home. Beloved husband of Mary and loving father of Pat, Fiona and Barbara.  Sadly missed by his loving family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, relatives and friends.

Requiem Mass Tuesday (30th) at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballinlough at 12.00 noon. Funeral afterwards to St. John’s Cemetery, Ballinrea.

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Comdt. Shane McMahon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Shane McMahon in Sarajevo. Shane had been working in a civilian capacity at Camp Butmir at HQ EUFOR BiH in Bosnia-Hertzegovina for a number of years.

Removal to the Church of the Defence Forces, Arbour Hill, arriving at 1830 hours on Monday, 05 Aug 2013. Funeral, after Mass on Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 at 1130 hours, to Prospect Cemetery, Glasnevin. 

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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.

Ceremonial Military Guard at the National Memorial


As part of the Defence Forces programme of activities in the lead in to the centenary of the foundation of ‘The Irish Volunteers, Óglaigh na hÉireann’ in November 2013, a Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, Merrion Square, Dublin throughout the summer.

Ceremonies will take place at Archbishop Ryan Park, Merrion Square Dublin, every Saturday from 6th July to Saturday 31st August 2013. Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades. The ceremony will last approximately one hour each day for the first six weeks and will then be repeated twice on the 24th and 31st August.

Further information may be obtained through the following link:

Association of Retired Commissioned Officers