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INFORMATION – CORONAVIRUS

Background COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new viral respiratory illness that can affect your lungs and airways.  Ireland’s first case of coronavirus was confirmed on 29 February 2020. The Government remains proactive in implementing measures to protect citizens by delaying the spread of COVID-19. ARCO’s members are encouraged to follow the Government’s advice, […]

2020 General Election

Introduction The General Election on Saturday, 08 February provides ARCO with ample opportunities: To inform election candidates of the absolute need to promote the rights, interests, quality of life, services, and welfare of retired officers, and eligible spouses or civil partners, and To advocate for the Defence Forces, including its personnel, its veterans, and the […]

Defence Forces Year in Review 2019

Happy New Year to all members of ARCO and to the wider Defence Forces Community. The Defence Forces have complied a comprehensive end of year review of their Operational, Training and Educational Activities for 2019, both at home and overseas. To download the Review, circulated by the Defence Forces Press Officer, please click here.

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 […]

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 […]

Respect and Loyalty Parade Galway, 10 August 2019

Following the dignified Respect and Loyalty Parades in both Dublin and Cork, a similar parade is taking place in Galway on Saturday, 10 August 2019.  According to the organisers, the key objective of the parade is to publicly highlight the unsatisfactory pay, and service conditions, pertaining to personnel of the Defence Forces.   In the context […]

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