04 January 2016 - President Higgins visited 1ú Cathlán Coisithe personnel .

President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins, today visited a representative group in Labane, Co Galway of 1ú Cathlán Coisithe (1st Infantry Battalion) personnel that were deployed in Galway and surrounding regions on aid to civil authority tasks since early December.

1ú Cathlán Coisithe deployed to Galway City Centre on December 5th filling and distributing sandbags. Since 6 December 2015, 1ú Cathlán Coisithe completed operations in the Ballinasloe, Claregalway, Portumna, Ballinrobe, Cong, Ballina, Foxford, Ardrahan, Gort and Galway city areas. These operations included filling, delivering and deploying sandbags to flood affected areas, transportation of people through roads blocked by floods, evacuation of private homes, a nursing home in Mayo and aiding in the construction of flood defences in both urban and rural areas. The Battalion also coordinated with Air Corps helicopter assets to deliver fodder to stranded farmers.

Between December 6th 2015 and January 4th 2016, 287 (233 Permanent Defence Forces, 54 Reserve Defence Forces) 1ú Cathlán Coisithe soldiers have completed over 600 individual deployments in assistance to civil authorities.

Over 1761 members of the Defence Forces have assisted local authorities to deal with floods in the aftermath of recent storms.

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Press Release Date: 04 January 2016

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