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Information Circular No 12/2018: Increase in the Upper Age Limit for Sergeant’s – Serving Overseas

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that following discussions with Military Management it has been agreed to increase the Overseas Age limits for Sergeants to 55 years. The Amendment as delivered hereunder provides; “This Amendment provides a revised upper age limit for Sgt’s, or equivalent rank serving overseas, in exceptional circumstances, with the prior approval […]

Information Circular No 11/2018: Members Recruited into the Defence Forces – Post 1994 – Claim for Continuance in Service for Cooks

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that following lengthy discussions with the Department of Defence, post 1994 members who are serving in appointments as Cooks as outlined in DFR CS4, will now be allowed to continue in service in the Permanent Defence Forces to age 50 once the following conditions are met: Must have successfully […]

Information Circular No 10/2018: Single Public Service Pension Scheme – Annual Benefits Statements

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members who have enlisted since 1st January 2013 that they are to receive their Annualised Benefits Statements in the coming weeks. PDFORRA has entered into significant correspondence with the Department of Defence over the past number of months regarding the supply of information to members on their pension entitlements. The […]


Information Circular No 9 – Summoning of Civilian Witnesses for the Purposes of Summary Investigation of Charges

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to draw members’ attention to the provisions of Section 183 (1) of the Defence Act 1954 (as amended) and the obligations/entitlements of Commanding Officers in respect of the hearings of summary charges. Section 183(1) of the Act, provides as follows: “Every person not subject to military law required to give evidence before an […]

Information Circular No 08/2018 – UPDATE – Application of the Working Time Directive to Members of the Defence Forces

By Industrial Relations Officer

As a result of the inability to secure agreement on the application of the Working Time Directive at Conciliation Council, PDFORRA assisted a number of our members to undertake legal action to secure their rights under this Directive. Legal actions were initiated over the past two years through the High Court. One of the number […]

Information Circular No 07/2018: Decision of Social Rights Committee on Complaint Submitted by PDFORRA and Review of Conciliation & Arbitration Scheme

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following publication of the decision of the European Social Rights Committee, which found that Ireland is in breach of Article 5 and 6 of the European Social Charter, PDFORRA is now engaged in a review of the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme with the Department of Defence. Additionally, following the release of the decision by the […]