60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Ireland's first Peacekeeping deployment in 1958.

Since then, Ireland have maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace with over 70,000 individual tours of duty completed by the men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

This year, we remember the 87 members of the Defence Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of Peace.

Read more about Our Overseas Service >>

60 Years Peacekeeping1958 - 2018> Read More

United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador

January 1992 — May 1994

On the day that ONUCA was terminated, observers from that mission converged on El Salvador to staff the new ONUSAL Mission.

ONUSAL's establishment followed the signing of a peace accord between the El Salvadorian government and the Cuban-backed FMLN rebels, who had been fighting since 1979. The key aspects of the accord were a 50% reduction of the El Salvadorian Army; the legalising of FMLN as a legitimate political party and the destruction of its weaponry; and the establishment of a new police force to include a percentage of FMLN supporters.

Under ONUSAL's supervision, the terms of the Accord were mostly achieved. The reduction of the Army was completed six months ahead of time, by July 1992. The FMLN was legalised in December 1992, and complete demobilisation of its troops was achieved in January 1993. Irish commitment to this mission ended in May 1994.

Operation Details
Duration: January 1992 — May 1994
Operation type:   UN led Peacekeeping Operations (Observer) 
Commitment: 6 cumulative missions 

Visit the Official website of ONUSAL






8th September 2016 - Defence Forces Veterans Day

2pm - Defence Forces Veterans Day, McKee Barracks, Saturday 10th September 2016[more]

24th September 2014 - Joint Task Forces Seizes Illegal Narcotics

6pm - Joint Task Forces Seizes Illegal Narcotics at Sea[more]