Category Archives: Pensions

Application of MSA Increase to Military Pensions in Payment

Arising from a letter from the Minister’s Private Secretary on 18 February, ARCO responded to the Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence on 05 March. At the outset, ARCO reiterated its strongly held conviction that the Military Service Allowance (MSA) increase must retrospectively apply to all military pensions in payment on 03 July 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 […]

Notification from Department of Defence

Notification from Department of Defence to ONE, IUNVA and ARCO Re: June 2019 military pension payslips A Chairde, You may be aware that there is a problem with the monthly payslips issued this morning to military pensioners by our payroll provider NSSO (National Shared Services Office).   NSSO have assured us that the correct monthly amounts […]

PAYE Modernisation Documents

On 29 November, ARCO attended a Revenue Commissioner’s presentation in the Department of Defence, on the new PAYE Modernisation process, which came into effect on 01 January 2019. A document titled PAYE Modernisation was circulated. The Department of Defence has provided ARCO with an information brief circulated by the National Shared Services Office, titled PAYE Modernisation – Notes […]

ARCO Information Brief – Contributory Pension Scheme for Spouses and Children

  The Contributory Pension Scheme for Spouses and Children is a scheme which provides pensions for the spouse and/or dependent children of an officer, or the dependent marital children of an officer who dies in service, or after qualifying for pension.  There are two Contributory Spouses and Children’s Pension Schemes: The Original Scheme and the […]

Redesigned Website – Department of Defence

Since October 2015, all Defence Forces pensions from the Department of Defence are paid by the Payroll Shared Service Centre (PSSC).  The PSSC is responsible for processing monthly pensions and for making all statutory and voluntary deductions. Under the tab “What We Do”, the recently redesigned Department of Defence website includes information on pension issues such as: Occupational […]

Pension Reduction & Restoration – A Summary

Public Service Pension Reduction Under the Financial Emergencies Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015 (FEMPI 2015), the Public Service Pension Reduction is being ameliorated providing for a total reduction of €1,680 in three phases for retired officers: 01 January 2016 – €400; 01 January 2017 – €500; and 01 January 2018 – €780.  The […]

Pension Restoration – Responses from DPER

On 08 August, the Department of Public Affairs and Reform responded to ARCO’s submission dated 04 May to the Minister for Public Affairs and Reform.  Link to letter. Following a meeting on 12 July between the Alliance of Retired Public Servants and the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Alliance received a letter from […]

Understanding the Pension Schemes

ARCO’s Strategy on Pension Related Issues includes relative information on the pension schemes for retired commissioned officers of the Permanent Defence Force. The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers has kindly provided permission to post its information booklets which provide general information on the four pension schemes that have evolved. The booklets, prepared by Colonel Brian […]

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