Yearly Archives: 2019

White Paper Three Yearly Update – December 2019

ARCO’s submission in October 2013 informed the consultation process during the elaboration of the White Paper on Defence.  ARCO actively participated in a symposium hosted by the Minister for Defence in May 2015. The White Paper on Defence was approved by Government in July 2015.  Paragraph 7.7 of the White Paper on Defence includes the […]

Col. Pat Begley RIP

RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Patrick (Pat) Begley, 2 Retreat Park, Athlone, Westmeath. Peacefully, on Thursday the 12th December 2019. Predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen and son Padraig. Sadly missed by his loving son Denis, daughters Deirdre, Maeve, Mary, Nuala and Patricia, sister Phil Henderson (Dublin), in-laws, grandchildren […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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Col. Phelim Connolly RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Phelim Connolly, a member of 20 Cadet Class (1946-1948), of Coolmine Woods, Dublin 15, on October 30th, 2019. Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Dalkey. Beloved husband of the late Ena (Philomena) and dear father of […]

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 […]

Col. Aidan Lernihan RIP

RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Aidan Lernihan, a member of 18 Cadet Class (1944-1946), of Rathfarnham, Dublin. Peacefully, on Friday 25th October 2019 at St. James’s Hospital. Beloved husband of Maureen and much-loved father of Declan, Colm and Una. He will be sadly missed by his family, sisters Frances […]

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 […]

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