Category Archives: Pensions

Pay Negotiations – ARCO’s Submission of 20 November 2020

The current Programme for Government prescribes for a successor agreement to the Public Sector Stability Agreement, which terminates on 31 December 2020. ARCO notes that preliminary exploratory talks on a new public sector pay agreement have commenced.   It would seem these talks are seeking to establish whether a sufficient basis exists for negotiations on a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Military Service Allowance Submission

In four previous submissions to the Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, ARCOIreland advanced the argument that no grounds exist for not including the 2019 MSA increase in appropriate military pensions already in payment on 03 July 2019. Following discussions with the newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence, Mr Simon Coveney TD, […]

Application of MSA Increase to Military Pensions in Payment

Arising from a letter from the Minister’s Private Secretary on 18 February, ARCOIreland responded to the Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence on 05 March. At the outset, ARCOIreland reiterated its strongly held conviction that the Military Service Allowance (MSA) increase must retrospectively apply to all military pensions in payment on 03 July 2019, […]

Military Service Allowance

Arising from the Public Sector Pay Commission, the rate of Military Service Allowance was increased w.e.f. 04 July 2019. Following an ARCOIreland submission, dated 30 July 2019, ARCOIreland was advised by the Private Secretary to the Minister, in a letter dated 10 December 2019, that the MSA increase would be reflected in military pensions of […]

Application of Pension Increases & Restoration – November 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform:  Information Note ARCOIreland is a proactive member of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants. Following a request from the Alliance, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has provided an Information Note in relation to the amelioration of the Public Service Pension Reduction, and the application of the pension […]

Notification from Department of Defence

Notification from Department of Defence to ONE, IUNVA and ARCOIreland Re: June 2019 military pension payslips A Chairde, You may be aware that there is a problem with the monthly payslips issued this morning to military pensioners by our payroll provider NSSO (National Shared Services Office).   NSSO have assured us that the correct monthly amounts […]

PAYE Modernisation Documents

On 29 November, ARCOIreland attended a Revenue Commissioner’s presentation in the Department of Defence, on the new PAYE Modernisation process, which came into effect on 01 January 2019. A document titled PAYE Modernisation was circulated. The Department of Defence has provided ARCOIreland with an information brief circulated by the National Shared Services Office, titled PAYE Modernisation – Notes […]

ARCOIreland Information Brief – Contributory Pension Scheme for Spouses and Children

  The Contributory Pension Scheme for Spouses and Children is a scheme which provides pensions for the spouse and/or dependent children of an officer, or the dependent marital children of an officer who dies in service, or after qualifying for pension.  There are two Contributory Spouses and Children’s Pension Schemes: The Original Scheme and the […]

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