Information Circulars

Information Circular No 1/2017: Home Carers Tax Credit

By Industrial Relations Officer

A Home Carer’s Tax Credit is a tax credit given to married couples or civil partners (who are jointly assessed for tax) where one spouse or civil partner works in the home caring for a dependent person. It was announced in Budget 2017 that the Home Carer’s Tax Credit given to married couples or civil […]

Information Circular No 32/2016 CLARIFICATION OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION CRITERIA RECOMMENDATION FOR PROMOTION

By PDFORRA 1

CLARIFICATION OF MEDICAL EXAMINATION CRITERIA RECOMMENDATION FOR PROMOTION   ‘A’ Administrative Instruction Part 10, Para 344 (e) refers; “have completed an annual medical examination within twelve months of the date on which the Promotion Competition is first advertised.”  “Where application is made by an NCO serving overseas, he/she will be assessed on his/her Overseas Medical […]

Information Circular No 31/2016: PDFORRA Membership – Density Increasing

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRAs end of year membership density for 2016 has increased to 86% and this represents a 1.5% rise since 2015. Prior to the 2008 crisis, PDFORRA had membership levels around 92% and the trend in recent years has been moving back in that direction. PDFORRA has never had a membership density of less than 83%. […]

Information Circular No 30/2016: Lansdowne Road Agreement and Pension Related Deduction Thresholds

By Industrial Relations Officer

Members and Committees have sought clarification regarding the increased exemption thresholds below which the 0% and 10% rates of Pension Related Deduction (PRD) are paid under the Lansdowne Rd Agreement (LRA) for the years 2016 and 2017. The fact that PDFORRA has not agreed to sign up to the LRA but still operates within it […]

Information Circular No 29/2016 Experience in a Higher Acting Rank and Related Matters

By PDFORRA 1

In 2007 the Military Authorities confirmed that a responsibility lies with Unit Commanders to manage the careers of suitably qualified NCOs by exposing them to the experience provided by service in a higher acting rank. Accordingly, all suitably qualified NCOs in a unit should be given the opportunity to serve in a higher acting rank. […]

Information Circular No 28 Qualification Date for the Payment of Military Service Allowance – 2013 Entrants

By PDFORRA 1

PDFORRA has been contacted by a significant number of 2013 entrant Privates regarding their entitlement to the payment of the middle rate of Military Service Allowance of €68.42. The correct position is that the middle rate of Military Service Allowance (€68.42) becomes payable at the beginning of the 3rd year of service following completion of […]

Information Circular No 27/2016 Flat Rate Expense Up-Date

By PDFORRA 1

PDFORRA has been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that amended tax certificates have been issued to members of the Defence Forces who submitted their PPS Numbers for the inclusion of the 300 Euro Flat Rate Expense for 2015/2016.   Having spoken with the Revenue Commissioners they confirm that they have undertaken calculations for in excess […]

Information Circular No 26/2016: Agreement Reached on 2016 – 2018 NCO Promotion Competition for Sergeant Rank and Higher

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA, the Department of Defence and the Military Authorities have reached agreement on the system and criteria that are to apply to the 2016 -2018 NCO Promotion Competition for Sergeant rank and Higher.  The initial advertisement will be launched in the near future by the relevant Military Authorities following some final minor adjustments.  The main […]

Information Circular No 25/2016: Removal of General Exclusion from Organisation of Working Time Act

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA is extremely pleased with the recently announced Government decision to remove the blanket exclusion of members of the Defence Forces from the Provisions of the Working Time Directive. The Association is looking forward to actively engaging with the Department regarding the manner of implementation of the Directive into the work practices of the Defence […]

Information Circular No 24/2016: Review of NCO Promotion System for Sergeant and Higher

By Industrial Relations Officer

Significant progress has been made at discussions on the Review of the NCO Promotion System for Sergeant-rank and Higher. Should agreement be reached it will allow the 2016 – 2018 NCO promotion competition to be initiated in the coming weeks. The most significant obstacle to agreement is the divergent positions on the medical classification code […]