Peace Support Operations

The involvement by the Defence Forces in Peace Support Operations has been continuous since June 1958 when the first group of Officers went to Lebanon as observers with UNOGIL. The majority of these missions have arisen in recent years and reflect the increased demand for intervention in areas of conflict.

The bulk of the tours of duty have been completed by infantry units in major force missions deployed in the Congo, Cyprus and Lebanon and latterly in Liberia and Kosovo. Other commitments have included headquarters and specialist elements, logistical units, military police units and military observers.

As well as with the United Nations, the Defence Forces have served with missions conducted by the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and NATO Partnership for Peace. Personnel have also been committed to humanitarian work in places such as Somalia and Rwanda.

The Defence Forces have amassed a wide range of skills and experience in Peace Support Operations and wish to remain abreast of developments. To do so the United Nations Training School was established in 1993 and conducts courses for all missions abroad and for students from other armed forces.

We are particularly mindful of our comrades who have lost their lives while on duty abroad, in the service of peace.


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The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]