Yearly Archives: 2024

Lt Col Charlie Cunningham RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles (Charlie) Cunningham, Templeville Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W and formerly of Aughera, Carrick, County Donegal. On 6th February 2024, peacefully, in the care of the wonderful staff of Saint Vincent’s Hospital following the excellent care received in Brabazon House Nursing Home, Sandymount. Beloved husband […]

Public Service Agreement 2024 – 2026

The proposed Public Service Agreement, which covers 2024 to 2026, was reached at the Workplace Relations Commission on 26th January (See HERE). ARCO has obtained confirmation that the Pay Measures in the Agreement, and outlined below, will also apply to Military Pensions (See HERE). This ensures that the current pensions increase policy, of maintaining parity […]

Comdt Liam Dunne RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Liam Dunne of Back Lane, Carlingford and formerly Portlaoise and Dublin. Peacefully, on Monday 29th January 2024, at Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, in the presence of his loving family. Predeceased by his beloved wife Cecilia and daughter Una. Very deeply regretted by […]

Comdt Aidan O’Reilly RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of a serving officer of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Commandant Aidan O’Reilly (82 Cadet Class 2005-2007) of Courtbrack, Blarney, Cork and formerly of Clara, County Offaly. On January 27th, 2024, unexpectedly. Dearly beloved husband of Ann (née Daly), adored son of Joseph and Helen, loving brother of […]

Recent Pension Increase Clarification

The Building Momentum Agreement stipulated an increase in annualised basic salary for serving public servants from 1 October 2023 of 1.5% or €750, whichever is greater. Under the public service ‘pay parity’ concept, the pensions of ARCO members are increased in line with movements in the pay and allowances of serving personnel. ARCO recently received […]

Col Frank Blake RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Francis J P (Frank) Blake of Dublin and formerly Carrigaholt, Athlone. Peacefully in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on 16th January 2024. Beloved husband of Patricia, loving father to Louise, brother to Alice and cousin of Rev Fr John O’Connor. Frank will be sadly missed by […]

Tribunal of Inquiry

  The Terms of Reference for the Tribunal of Inquiry, as recommended by the Independent Review Group on dignity and equality issues in the Defence Forces, may be viewed at:   The associated press release from the Department of Defence, including details of the Tribunal Chair, may be viewed at:

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