Category Archives: News

ARCO’s Twitter Platform has 1,000 Followers

Launched in May 2020, ARCO’s Twitter Platform now has 1,000 followers. ARCO’s LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook Social Media platforms support the Association’s Information Campaign and Communications Strategy. These Platforms provide cost effective, innovative, and efficient communications support for our membership, provide a marketing tool for the Association, and, in parallel, convey appropriate and relevant information […]

ONE’s new Awareness & Fundarising Campaign

This is the link to the latest campaign video from Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann/Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) and highlights the challenges associated with homelessness. ONE, supported by Droga5, launched their ‘Hope Couture’ collection this morning, 16th February 2023, on Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin to shine a light on the […]

Family Support Booklet – October 2022

ARCO members are often advised to ensure their personal affairs are in order. This involves putting in place prudent personal administrative arrangements to cover all eventualities. With this in mind, and in furtherance of our organisation’s objectives, ARCO reviewed its Family Support Booklet in October 2022. (See: ARCO wishes to acknowledge the information and […]

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 […]

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