Archive for 2008

PDFORRA Annual Delegate Conference 2008

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

PDFORRA will hold its Annual Delegate Conference 2008 in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo on the 7th, 8th and 9th of October. This will be PDFORRAs 17th Annual Delegate Conference. The Conference will be addressed by the PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney, Minister for Defence, Mr Willie O’Dea, TD, PDFORRA President, Mr Willie Webb […]

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Comptroller and Auditor General’s Observations on Border Allowance

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report for 2007 has commented on the payment of Border Allowance to members of the Defence Forces. The report points out that the auditor “was concerned that this allowance continues to be paid while justification for its introduction has long ceased”. In response to media queries PDFORRA has pointed out […]

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Representation Rights For Recruits And Apprentices Secured

Monday, August 18th, 2008

PDFORRA has secured representation rights for recruits and apprentices for those periods of time when they were not eligible for representation. Agreement was formally reached on this matter in June 2008. It has now been agreed that for that period of recruit training or apprenticeship when recruits and apprentices were not eligible for PDFORRA membership […]

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Successful Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) Hearing For PDFORRA Member Under The Payment Of Wages Act

Monday, August 18th, 2008

PDFORRA secured a success at the EAT for a member who had his pay stopped for a period when he was sick and had furnished a doctor’s certificate to that effect. The case was taken under the Payment of Wages Act, 1991 on appeal of a Rights Commissioner decision earlier in the year. The EAT […]

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PDFORRA Concern Over Contaminated Site Adjoining the Naval Base

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

The production of steel at the former Irish Steel site at Haulbowline generated a large amount of hazardous waste. This toxic waste product was used in the reclaiming of land to the eastern side of the island alongside the Basin area of the Naval Base. During the process of cleaning up the contaminated site a […]

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Concern at Funding Challenges for Ombudsman

Friday, June 6th, 2008

PDFORRA, which represents soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Defence Forces, welcomes the report of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, published to day. This second report highlights the need for a Defence Forces Ombudsman – as the numbers of personnel using the service has significantly increased in the past year. Simon Devereaux, Deputy General […]

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Modifications to Pension Scheme – Ballot Results

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Total Poll – 2,685 Spoiled Votes – 13 Vaild Poll – 2,672 Yes – 2,618 (98%) No – 54 (2%)   The proposed modifications to the Defence Forces pension scheme have now been accepted.  A formal agreement will now be signed to give effect to the proposed changes and arrangements made to pay personnel who […]

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Ballot on Pensions and Gratuity Offer

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

PDFORRA is launching its ballot of members on the pension and gratuity offer on the 11th April 2008. The Department of Defence has offered the following improved terms:  Increased gratuity of up to 65 week after 31 years service  New pension additions in respect of Technician Pay ranging from 1% to 15%  The inclusion of […]

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RTA on M50

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

PDFORRA is very concerned for the safety of its members which were injured in a Road Traffic Accident involving Military Vehicles on the M50 on Tuesday 18th March 2008.  In 2007 PDFORRA raised the issue of the safety of its members when travelling in Military Trucks, our members travel in vehicles which have no safety […]

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PDFORRA Members Angry And Disappointed At Benchmarking Findings

Friday, January 11th, 2008

PDFORRA can confirm that there are considerable anger and disappointment among its membership about the benchmarking report, which was published yesterday. The soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Defence Forces were awarded a zero increase and this is incomprehensible. Simon Devereux, Deputy General Secretary of PDFORRA said to-day, “This report with a zero increase for […]

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