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.

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01 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces on 6 month Stand-By with Battlegroup .

A Defence Forces ISTAR Task Force (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance) ​is​ on​ ​'Stand-By'​ ​since midnight for a period of six​ ​months, as part of the Nordic Battlegroup 2015, a key component of the EU's rapid response capability.

Subject to a political consensus amongst all 28 EU member states, the Battlegroup can be tasked to any conflict region within a 6000 mile radius of Brussels alongside troops from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Lithuania.

The ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance) Task Force element of the Battlegroup​ ​is arguably the most important asset in the Battlegroup. It entails the use of intelligence gathering sensor elements, including reconnaissance and sniper​ ​detachments, feeding information into higher echelon intelligence processing and analysis cells.

This is the fourth EU Battlegroup that Irish ​personnel​ have been involved with and the second Battlegroup that the Irish ​Defence Forces ​formed the ISTAR component of.​ ​

Press Release Date: 01 January 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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File photos of  Exercise Joint Action, in Haggshult, Sweden can be viewed on our Flickr Channel