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 of this key objective, as retired commissioned officers, in solidarity with serving commissioned officers, enlisted personnel, and their respective families, and acknowledging the endeavours of the General Staff along with the Representative Associations RACO and PDFORRA, the Executive Committee advises ARCOIreland’s membership to actively support the Respect and Loyalty Parade in Galway.
Assembling at the Spanish Arch at 1130hrs, the parade will advance to Eyre Square, where it will be addressed by speakers including Commandant Cathal Berry (Retd).
ARCOIreland’s Previous Statements
On 16 September 2018, ARCOIreland released a Statement of Concern on the serious deterioration of the service conditions, and the depletion of strategic defence capabilities in the Defence Forces. Link to Statement
On 29 April 2019, ARCOIreland released another statement in the context of the Respect and Loyalty Parade, which took place on 04 May, in Cork. Link to Statement
On 10 July, 2019, arising from the Public Sector Pay Commission’s Report and the associated Government’s Implementation Plan, ARCOIreland called on the Minister for Defence to present formal proposals to Government establishing without delay, a statutory based, permanent and independent Defence Forces Commission, in order to address remuneration (including pensions), service and retention conditions, and the conciliation and arbitration architecture. Link to Statement
The three statements are posted on the Association’s website: www.iarco.info
01 August 2019