Category Archives: News

United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and Visas

ARCO has recently become aware of retired officers encountering problems in obtaining permission to enter the United States as a consequence of having served in countries currently on the US list of restricted countries, whilst in service with the Defence Forces. In some cases this has resulted in considerable personal expense in having to reschedule […]

ONE Needs Your Support

The 2022 operational budget for the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) is €1,020,000. State funding, together with support from ONE’s primary Charity Partner, The Leopardstown Park Hospital Trust, along with contributions from the residents of its homes towards their food and lodgings equates to approximately €650,000. This leaves a funding gap of €370,000. ONE’s […]

Independent Review Group – Defence Forces

The Minister for Defence has established the Independent Review Group, comprised of independent external experts, to examine behaviours in the Defence Forces, and to make recommendations on the measures required to underpin a workplace based on dignity and respect. The Independent Review Group is now accepting submissions from individuals and organisations on issues relevant to […]

Report of the Commission on the Defence Forces

The Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., has today, (9th February 2022), welcomed the publication of the report of the Commission on the Defence Forces. LINK TO THE REPORT The Minister said: “This report proposes significant changes for the Defence Forces and Defence provision in Ireland. The report poses […]

Christmas Greetings 2021

ARCOIreland’s Officers and Executive Committee extend Christmas Greetings to its members, to their extended families, and to all those who supported the Association in the advancement of its objectives during 2021.  Keep Protected, Keep Safe and Keep in Contact. Le gach dea-ghuí don Nollaig agus don Athbhliain With best wishes for Christmas and the New […]

Gá Gasced an 35ú Rang: What deeds, the 35th?

On 31st January 1961 a group of young men from all corners of Ireland gathered together for the first time on a square in the Curragh Camp, and the 35th Cadet Class was born. They would spend eighteen gruelling months working to become officers in the Irish Defence Forces and, after that, would be scattered […]

Credit Union Volunteering Opportunities

As an ARCO member your analytical skills, decision-making and leadership experience are key volunteer attributes.  Credit Unions provide access to affordable financial services in their communities, operate on a not-for-profit basis, and are volunteer led.  If you want to gain experience in a new industry or would like to contribute to the value of social […]

Green Cap and Blue Beret – An Irish Soldier’s Service at Home and Overseas

Comdt Joe Fallon DSM (Retd) has recently published a book titled ‘Green Cap and Blue Beret’. His book provides an account of his family background and his service in the Defence Forces, covering both military and non-military events at home and overseas. Joe’s wide range of appointments gave him direct contact with senior military and […]

Lieutenant-General William Callaghan DSM

Commissioned by ARCO, Colonel George Kerton (Retd) has written this article marking the centenary of the birth of one of Ireland’s outstanding peacekeepers, Lieutenant-General William Callaghan DSM who was born in County Cork on 03 July 1921. Forty years ago, Major-General William Callaghan assumed command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from […]

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