Archive for 2013

Information Circular No 35/2013: SELECTION CRITERIA – CAREER ADVANCEMENT COURSES

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Negotiations on a revised selection criteria for career advancement courses have concluded and the new criteria has been instituted through ‘A’ Administrative Instruction Part 10, Amendment No 35. The new selection criteria should be used for selection for places on Potential NCO Courses; Standard NCO Courses; Senior NCO Courses and Logistics Accountancy Courses.  The new […]

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Information Circular No 34/2013: WHITE PAPER ON DEFENCE – PDFORRA SUBMISSION

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Alan Shatter, TD has published a Green Paper on Defence to stimulate analysis and debate of Ireland’s defence and security situation – and with the intention of developing a new White Paper on Defence.  PDFORRA has made both a written and a verbal submission as part of this process. PDFORRAs submissions covered issues arising from […]

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Information Circular No 33/2013: HADDINGTON ROAD AGREEMENT – CHANGES TO PENSIONS IN EXCESS OF €32,500

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Pensions of Enlisted Personnel of the Defence Forces Who Retired – Before the Previous Grace Period – End of February 2012:         Had their pensions calculated on their 2010 pre-cut pay rates and were subject to a Public Service Pension Reduction of about 4%. From 1st March 2012 and Personnel Who Will Retire Before the […]

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Information Circular No 32/2013: ‘Haddington Rd Agreement’ – Reduced Rate of Pension-Related Deduction

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The Haddington Rd Agreement provides for a reduction in the rate of the Pension-Related Deduction (PRD).  It has been confirmed that the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 has amended the PRD rates with effect from 1st January 2014. The amendment reduces the Second PRD band from 5% to 2.5% in respect […]

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Information Circular No 31/2013: Standardisation of Leave Arrangements

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The Department of Defence has submitted proposals to PDFORRA to adjust and standardise certain elements of leave with the intention of implementing the changes by 1st Jan 2014.  The proposals arise under Para 1.8 of the Croke Park Agreement – which provides for the standardisation of terms and conditions across the Public Service.  In general […]

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Information Circular No 30/2013: ‘Additional Increment’ Under the Pre-April 2004 Defence Forces Pensions Schemes – Implications of Change to State Pension Age From 1st January 2014

Friday, November 1st, 2013

From 1st January 2014, the State Pension age is increasing to age 66, and depending on when a person was born is set to rise on a phased basis to age 67 in 2021 and to age 68 in 2028.  The State Pension (Transition) – currently payable from age 65 to 66 – will cease […]

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Information Circular No 27/2013: Notice of Election – Election Deputy General Secretary

Monday, October 21st, 2013

In accordance with Rule 13.3 (n) of the Constitution an election for Deputy General Secretary is now required to take place. In order to qualify as a candidate one must be a fully paid up member of PDFORRA and be nominated by not less than 3 Districts. Candidates so nominated will then sit an interview […]

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Information Circular No 26/2013: Budget 2014 – Tax Relief on Gratuities

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Department for Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) have informed PDFORRA that Budget 2014 did NOT change the position of public service lump sums in respect of exemption from income tax.  Such lump sums remain tax-free up to €200,000.   Issued on: 16/10/2013

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Information Circular No 24/2013: Disagreement on Important Aspect of Overseas Selection Criteria

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Negotiations between PDFORRA and the Military Authorities have been taking place on a new Administrative Instruction CS 5.  The instruction deals with the administration of overseas service including the overseas selection criteria. Following the negotiations the new instruction includes both agreed and disagreed matters – and in the important area of the overseas selection criteria […]

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Information Circular No 23/2013: Status of RDF Allowance – Adjudication

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Following a long period of negotiation to try and reach agreement on the continued payment and status of RDF Allowances no agreement could be reached and the matter has been referred to Adjudication.  It is expected that the matter will be heard in the next 6 – 8 weeks. The review of the status and […]

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