Information Circulars

Information Circular No 21/2018: Public Service Pay Commission Survey

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA has been contacted by a research body, Research Matters Ltd, who have been tasked by The Public Service Pay Commission to carry out a study on recruitment and retention among a number of specialist streams of the Defence Forces. This anonymous and confidential survey is your opportunity to provide feedback to the Public Service […]

Information Circular No 20/2018: In-Patient and Out-Patient Hospital Charges – Members of the PDF and their Dependents

By Industrial Relations Officer

Members are reminded that NO in-patient or out-patient hospital charges should be raised in respect of Permanent Defence Force members and their dependents who attend public hospitals as public patients. The Charge Applies to the Following Public Facilities: Emergency departments Accident and emergency departments Casualty departments Minor injury units Urgent care centres Local injury units […]

Information Circular No 19/2018: Access and Printing of Payslips & P60’s

By Industrial Relations Officer

Following representations, PDFORRA have been advised by the Department of Defence that facilities are in place in all Defence Force Barracks to ensure that those who cannot access the Core-Portal on their personal devices, can access their payslips/P60 on Defence Force PC’s – printers are also available for this purpose. Alternatively, in the event that […]

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 […]