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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03 September 2015 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Safe Bomb Component Parts in Dundalk during Search for Missing Person.

Earlier today soldiers from the 27th Infantry Battalion assisting the Gardaí Síochána in an 'Aid to Civil Power' capacity, searching for a missing person in the Balmers Bog area of Dundalk, found a suspect device in the course of their tasking.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team on request from An Garda Síochána, arriving on scene at 3.55 pm.

The existing cordon from the search was re-tasked to form a cordon perimeter around the scene for the public's safety.

The find was made safe at the scene by controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 6.05 pm. The search for the missing person will re-commence in the morning.

Yesterday a platoon (34 soldiers) from the 27th Infantry Battalion, Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, assisted the Gardaí Síochána in the search for a missing person.

Today this was bolstered to 61 soldiers - 60 personnel from the 27th Infantry Battalion, 6 of whom have a swift river search skillset and an Engineer Specialist Search Officer from the Defence Forces Training Centre in The Curragh.

Other types of call outs would include conventional munition destruction such as old grenades discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.

File photos of Disposal teams can be viewed on our Flickr Channel

Press Release Date: 03 September 2015

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