Archive for 2011

Information Circular No 35/2011 – Annual leave

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Defence Force Regulation (DFR) A.11 – LEAVE was updated in June 2011. Paragraph 1 (l) of DFR A11 defines the Leave Year as: “a period of 12 calendar months beginning on the 1st day of January in any year”. Paragraph 301 (b) of Admin Instr A 11 outlines the annual leave entitlements for other ranks […]

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Information Circular No 34/2011 – New Public Service Pension Scheme

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has recently published new public service pension legislation – Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme) and Remuneration Bill 2011. New Entrants:                         The Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme) and Remuneration Bill 2011 will reduce the future cost of pensions by introducing a new career averaging system for all new […]

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Information Circular No 33/2011 Meeting with Minister of Defence

Monday, December 19th, 2011

PDFORRA had a meeting with the Minister for Defence Mr. Alan Shatter TD on Monday 12th December 2011. The following are responses made by the Minister and his officials on issues raised by PDFORRA. 2 Brigade Structure. PDFORRA raised the issue of the recent announcement of the 2 Brigade Structure and the method in which […]

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Information Circular No 32/2011 NCO PROMOTION SYSTEM AND CRITERIA

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Under the Croke Park Agreement PDFORRA committed to review the NCO promotion system and criteria. The review gives PDFORRA the opportunity to make the system more objective and fair – thereby ensuring that the membership have greater control of their own promotion. It also gives the Department and Military Authorities an opportunity to ensure that […]

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Information Circular No 31/2011 – Period of Notice of Intention to Retire

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

In July 2011, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in a Memo instructed that all public servants (including members of the Defence Forces) who are intending to retire before February 29th 2012 must give three months notice. PDFORRA sought clarification from the Department of Defence on the relevance of the three months notice for […]

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INFORMATION CIRCULAR 29/2011 – DEFENCE FORCES MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE & DMC INSTRUCTION 7/2011

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The Military Authorities have decided to proceed with the introduction of a Medical Questionnaire for all members of the Defence Forces.  This follows discussions on the matter over a period of months. While PDFORRA is opposed to the introduction of the Medical Questionnaire the final decision on matters of medical policy rest with the Director […]

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INFORMATION CIRCULAR 28/2011 – Change of Station Allowances Clarification

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Following the last round of barrack closures difficulties arose for certain members who sought to claim change of station allowances. The main criteria for claiming change of station allowances are that the person must be permanently transferred and not at their own request; the new station must be greater than 25 miles/40kms from the individuals […]

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INFORMATION CIRCULAR 27/2011 – RDF Allowance – Conciliation Council Discussions

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

While High Court proceedings have been set aside discussion have been taking place at the Conciliation Council on RDF Allowance in an industrial relations context. During the discussions the Department of Defence has argued that RDF Allowance is a subsistence-type allowance and, accordingly, it should be discontinued and members of the RDF can claim subsistence […]

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SUGGESTION BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE THAT BARRACK CLOSURES COULD SAVE €5M IS VERY MUCH WIDE OF THE MARK

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Defence Forces, have labelled suggestions by the Department of Defence that barrack closures could yield savings of €5M as very wide of the mark. PDFORRA Deputy General Secretary, Simon Devereux, said “The Department of Defence suggestion that efficiencies of €5M could be achieved from barrack […]

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PDFORRA QUESTIONS THE ECONOMICS OF BARRACK CLOSURES

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Speaking at the PDFORRA Annual Delegate Conference in Athlone last night, Gerry Rooney, General Secretary, said, “the planned closure of barracks at Mullingar and Cavan makes little economic sense.   PDFORRA sees no need for any barrack closures as it damages the local economies of the towns where barracks are situated. In the case of Cavan […]

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