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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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