Eneclann were awarded the contract to process and database the records of Veterans awarded The 1916 Medal and The Service (1917-1921) Medal after a competitive tender managed by the Department of Defence.
The tender competition was run as part of the Military Service Pension Project, which commenced in July 2008. The Military Service Pensions Project was set up to gather the records relating to veterans of the 1916-1923 periods and to process and release the collection to the public through the Military Archives on a phased basis leading to Easter 2016. What is at issue is a unique collection of records, files, maps, drawings and diagrams directly relating to the organisations, participants and events that led to the formation of the State.
The files relate in the main to applications by individuals and/or their dependants for the award of pension and gratuities for veterans who served as members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, the National Army/Defence Forces and kindred named organisations on active service or who were casualties or wounded while on duty during the period from 1 April 1916 through to 30 September 1923. There are related Administration files and membership rolls of the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Na Fianna, for example.
The contract awarded to Eneclann includes the processing and databasing of a historical file series numbering in the region of 50,000 files relating to applications for, and the award of, The 1916 Medal and The Service (1917-1921) Medal. In addition, there are roughly 15,000 related special allowance files to be included.
Further to the archival treatment above, a fully searchable online database will be added to the Military Archives’ website. Eneclann are employing three archivists and one archives assistant on the project at Cathal Brugha Barracks. The work is scheduled to be completed over a 30 month period with the release online of the completed database as part of the ongoing work of the Pensions Project leading to the 2016 Centennial.