Author Archives: William Campbell

ARCO’s 26th AGM – 02 October 2020

Annual General Meeting The Association’s 26th AGM took place in virtual format, by means of electronic communications technology (Zoom), on 02 October 2020. For an overview of the AGM, please download here. Officers’ Reports Reports were presented by the President: Brig Gen Paul Pakenham (Retd), the Secretary: Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd), the Treasurer: Lt […]

Recent Department of Health Press Release

A Press Release from the Department of Health on 06 October announced that the Minister for Health, Mr Stephen Donnelly TD, has secured funding for a range of measures that will make healthcare more affordable for more than a million people across the country. This funding, which was agreed at Cabinet on 06 October, will […]

60th Anniversary – Company Sergeant Felix Grant DSM

On the 60th anniversary of his death, the extended Defence Community remembers with pride Company Sergeant Felix Grant, B Company, 33 Infantry Battalion, Opération des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC), who was the first member of the Defence Forces to die on United Nations service.  Company Sergeant Grant died at the King Albert Hospital, Albertville […]

Comdt. Con O’Neill RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Con O’Neill, Howth Road and formerly Lennox Street, Dublin. On September 29, 2020, peacefully at home. Cherished soul mate of the much-missed Leolyn and beloved father of Katy, Desmond and Cara. Con leaves behind much loved grandchildren, a lifetime’s worth of dear friends, including […]

Military Pension Payroll

Military pension payroll and helpdesk support is currently managed and administered by the Payroll Shared Services, National Shared Services Office (PSS – NSSO), co-located with the Department of Defence in Galway. On 28 September 2020, ARCO was advised that the processing of the military pension payroll is transferring from Galway to Tullamore, becoming effective for […]

ARCO’s submission on the Commission on the Defence Forces

ARCO, whose membership reflects a considerable reservoir of expertise and experience on Defence, welcomes the Government’s decision to establish a Commission on the Defence Forces. Arising from the provisions of the Programme for Government, on 16 September ARCO availed of the opportunity of presenting its recommendations to the Minister for Defence on the Composition and […]

D PER Circular 13 / 2020 – Pensions Benefit Cap – Single Pensions Act 2012

On 17 September 2020, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform released Circular 13/2020 to Government Departments’ HR Managers / Personnel Officers.  The Circular provides guidance on the application of the Pensions Benefit Cap, arising from the Single Pensions Act 2012.  The Circular is of significant relevance to those Defence Forces Veterans in receipt of […]

Msgr Edward Dunne DSM R.I.P.


ARCOIreland regrets to inform its members of the death of Monsignor Edward (Ted) Dunne DSM, former Head Chaplain to the Forces, on 14 September 2020. Peacefully, at Knightsbridge Care Unit, Trim. Monsignor Edward will be sadly missed by his sisters Gladys and Barbara, brother Paul, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and Defence Forces friends […]

Capt. Tony Stewart RIP


ARCOIreland regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain Anthony (Tony) Stewart. Late of Stillorgan Road, Donnybrook and formerly of Taylors Hill, Galway. Peacefully, at the age of 87, on Sunday 6th September 2020 at St. Vincent’s hospital after a short illness. Beloved husband of the late Geraldine and most loved father of […]

2020 AGM Motion – Revised Rules

Existing Rules ARCOIreland’s existing Rules incorporate a new paragraph “2A Aims”, an amended paragraph “2 Objectives”, and a new paragraph “14A Tenure of Office” as adopted by the 25th AGM convened in McKee Barracks on 04 October 2019. During the course of the 2019 AGM attendees were advised that the existing Rules would be reviewed […]

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