Ombudsman for the Defence Forces

Representative Organisations - Irish Defence Forces

PDFORRA Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association's purpose is to represent and pursue the interests of enlisted personnel serving in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, on specified matters regarding their pay and certain conditions of service in the Republic of Ireland. All enlisted personnel of the Permanent Defence Force are entitled to become members of the Association.

RACO  The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers is a staff association, which represents the interests of commissioned officers in the Irish Defence Forces.

RDFRA Reserve Defence Force Representative Association is the representative association for members of the Irish Reserve Defence Forces.

ONE Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta is the official name of the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (O.N.E.). ONET is a limited company with charitable status that is dedicated to looking after the welfare of ex-service personnel of the Irish Defence Services.

ARCO   The Association of Retired Commissioned Officers is the representative organisation for retired commissioned officers of the Irish Defence Forces.

IUNVA Irish United Nations Veterans Association's primary role is providing advice and counselling to members and their families who have been affected by their overseas service. The Association, which is financed by membership fees, voluntary contributions and fundraising, also organises social, cultural and sporting events for its members.

Other Links

Irish Defence Forces website

Department of Defence website

Military Chaplaincy Service

EUROMIL (European Organisation of Military Associations) is an umbrella organisation consisting of national military associations and trade unions from a growing number of countries, which promotes social and professional interests of military personnel of all ranks in Europe.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

DCAF is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the 'Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces' .

The Centre works to support effective, efficient security sectors which are accountable to the state and its citizens guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender sensitivity and local ownership as the basis for supporting legitimate, sustainable reform processes. DCAF co-operated with the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in creating the Handbook on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Armed Forces Personnel.