Archive for November, 2011

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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PDFORRA SAYS THAT BARRACK CLOSURES MAKE NO ECONOMIC SENSE AND CALLS FOR REVERSAL

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

PDFORRA, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew of the Permanent Defence Force, has questioned the economic sense of the barrack closures, announced by Government this evening and asks that this incredible decision be reversed. The fact that a Government Minister has had to resign on foot of this ill-considered decision, speaks volumes. The barracks […]

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