Archive for 2011

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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Ballot Results – General Secretary Election 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Total Poll: 1,642 Spoiled Votes: 20 Valid Poll: 1,622 Rooney, Gerry: 873 Scally, Mark: 749 Gerry Rooney is elected General Secretary of PDFORRA Patrick Doheny National Returning Officer 30th September 2011

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INFORMATION CIRCULAR 26/2011The Croke Park Agreement (CPA) and the new organisation and structure

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

The final position of the Military Authorities and the Department on the proposed new organisation and structure is nearing completion. Following this consultation will take place with PDFORRA under the terms of the CPA which specifically provides for the consultation process. PDFORRA will pay particular attention to the impact of the new organisation and structure […]

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PDFORRA CALLS FOR REVIEW OF TERMS OF SERVICE FOR SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIR CREW

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

PDFORRA has called on the Department of Defence to review the terms of service for personnel who joined the Defence Forces after 1st January 1994.  Private soldiers and Corporals, as well as their equivalents in the Air Corps and the Naval Service, can now continue in service for up to 21 years, provided certain criteria […]

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Information Circular No 25/2011 – The Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA) wish to recruit a Regional Liaison Officer

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Regional Liaison Officer will report to the General Secretary and the duties will include:  Aiding and assisting committees at region and district with training; the research and compilation of reports, referrals and conference motions; negotiations and the dissemination of information.  The position which will be by secondment (subject to agreement between the Department of […]

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Information Circular No 24/2011Last Minute Additional Voluntary Contributions – AVCs

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

If you are a PDFORRA member aged over 50 and planning on retiring from the Defence Forces, you may have an opportunity to increase your tax-free gratuity.  A Last Minute AVC is a Revenue approved mechanism which enables tax payers maximise their tax free gratuity prior to retirement.  Benefits for PDFORRA Members:              Members of […]

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Information Circular No 23/2011Selection for overseas above the prescribed age – and medical examination

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

New arrangements are being introduced for the processing of applications for overseas service from personnel above the prescribed age limits outlined in Admin Instruction, Part 26. Those above the prescribed age limits will now apply to D COS (Sp) to serve overseas having been certified by unit commander as meeting the medical classification for the […]

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Information Circular No 22/2011 Promotion Competition – BQMS

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

There has been some confusion about the criteria for interview for recently published BQMS Appointments. The position with regard to eligibility for interview as confirmed by the Military Authorities is as follows:  All BQMS promotion competition candidates recommended by their GOC will be admitted to the current competition. This will include candidates who have been […]

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Information Circular No 21/2011 Review of Courses and Criteria for Extension, Re-Engagement and Continuance in Service – Post 1st Jan 1994 Entrants

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Agreement has been reached on changes to the criteria governing extension, re-engagement and continuance in service of post – 1st Jan 1994 entrants – and also an amended list of courses that are necessary for each stage. The changes to the criteria are as follows:  1. In the previous agreement members seeking to re-engage had […]

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Information Circular 19/2011Payment of Wages Act 1991

Friday, May 6th, 2011

1.     An increasing number of cases of late payments of Security Duty Allowance (SDA) and other monthly payments are being brought to the attention of the association.   2.     The failure to pay SDA and other payments on the monthly due dates may constitute a breach of the Payment of Wages Act 1991 under paragraph 5 […]

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