Monthly Archives: November 2019

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


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



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.


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.


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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