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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 following statement: “there is scope during the currency of the White Paper to further develop the supports available to existing personnel and veterans.”

ARCO remains proactive in ensuring the implementation of the Government’s policy on veterans’ affairs, in particular the White Paper projects 51 and 59.

In order to provide momentum in advancing this process, on 05 December 2018, ARCO, IUNVA and ONE formally submitted a Combined Veterans’ Strategy to the Minister with responsibility for Defence.

In addition to pension related issues, ARCO has strongly recommended the implementation of one of the key recommendations of the Combined Veterans’ Strategy namely the establishment of a joint Office for Veterans’ Affairs, consisting of personnel from the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces.

ARCO continues to advocate the absolute requirement to articulate and institutionalise an inclusive and comprehensive Government’s Veterans’ Policy.  

The White Paper on Defence 2015 provides for a three yearly cycle of reviews.

Following Government approval, on 12 December, the Minister with responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, has published the first of these reviews titled White Paper on Defence – Update 2019.  Section 5.9 (page 63 of 122) relates to veterans.

Since the publication of the White Paper in 2015, a total of 95 separate projects have been identified for completion over a ten-year period, 42 of which have been initiated and 15 have been closed, vide Annex C of the Review.   

The Review can be downloaded here.

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ARCO’s SUBMISSION – White Paper on Defence

On 16 July, 2013, the Department of Defence launched its Green Paper on Defence, which is available on the Department’s website.

The aim of the Green Paper is to stimulate debate on Defence Issues and to focus attention on policy issues that the new White Paper should address.

The associated consultative process commenced with the launch of the Green Paper, providing the general public and interested bodies with the opportunity of presenting views with the deadline of 10 October.

During its meeting of 19 July, the Executive Committee decided that ARCO would make a formal written submission on the White Paper.

At a specially convened meeting held on 20 September, the Executive Committee approved the submission, which was submitted to the Department of Defence on 4 October 2013.

The submission, which is attached, consists of six parts: Introduction, Political Dimension, Defence and Security Environment, Military Dimension, Resource Dimension and Conclusions.

Following an invitation from the Department of Defence, ARCO presented a verbal briefing on its submission during the month of December 2013.

The new White Paper will be published in 2014.

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White Paper on Defence – Submission by ARCO

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter T.D., has published a Green Paper on Defence which may be viewed at:
The Green Paper aims to facilitate submissions to a new White Paper on Defence, due to be completed in early 2014, by setting out the policy context and the key policy questions to be considered in its preparation. The Minister has initiated a public consultative process and has invited inputs from all interested parties.
In order to ensure that ARCO members’ views may be fully reflected, the Association is engaging fully with the consultative process and will make a written submission on the White Paper. To this end it has formed a Working Group to prepare this and has already invited members to submit their recommendations to it.
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