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Information Circular No 18/2018: Result of Adjudication: Loss of Earnings (EOD- Gormanston)

By Industrial Relations Officer

An Adjudication hearing regarding compensation for Loss of Earnings for EOD personnel following the cessation of duties at that location took place on the 7th of June 2018. Following the presentation of arguments by both the Department of Defence and PDFORRA, a finding was issued by the Adjudicator on the 11th of June 2018. In […]

Information Circular No 17/2018: Launch of the PDFORRA Medical Assistance Scheme (PMAS)

By Industrial Relations Officer

Deductions for the PDFORRA Medical Assistance Scheme (PMAS) will commence with effect from 11th July 2018. The Scheme has been hugely successful with more than 850 members signing up in advance and this launch would not be possible without the support of you the members. Those who have already contacted the Administrator seeking advice on […]

Information Circular No 16/2018: Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) – Members of the Permanent Defence Force

By Industrial Relations Officer

Since the 1st May 2015, if you are over the age of 34 when you first take out health insurance, you will have to pay extra for your cover under the Lifetime Community Rating (LCR) loadings. It works out at an extra 2% of your premium for each year aged above 34, up to a […]

Information Circular No 15/2018: UPDATE – Application of the Working Time Directive to Members of the Defence Forces

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA wishes to advise its members that one of a number of cases which was being taken against the Minister for Defence for breach of the Working Time Directive has been settled. This Association had originally submitted this case in 2015, seeking the return of the leave lost by Ms O Donnell, and an amendment […]

Information Circular No 14/2018: Increase in the Upper Age Limit for Corporal’s – Overseas Service

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 Corporals to a maximum of 55 years. The Amendment as delivered hereunder provides; “The amendment to Annex D Para 108, provides a revised upper age limit for Corporals, or equivalent rank serving […]

Information Circular No 13/2018: Holiday Pay – 53 INF GROUP

By Industrial Relations Officer

The 53 Inf Gp UNIFIL returned to Ireland from service in Lebanon in November 2016. PDFORRA understands that Per Diem and Holiday Pay application for personnel from this unit was submitted to Payroll Admin at that time. However, due to administrative issues involving the change of office location and the changeover of payment systems to […]

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 […]