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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10 July 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe a Quantity of Unstable Chemicals.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a quantity of unstable chemicals in Dundalk this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed a team to a Laboratory on the Dundalk Institute of Technology Campus in response to a request from the Gardai. The team arrived on scene at 4.10pm.

A quantity of Celloidin Wool, which was deemed to be in an unstable condition, was rendered safe in situ and securely removed from the location.

Celloidin Wool is a chemical used in laboratories which can become unstable as it dries out. Its condition was noted during an audit of chemicals.

A cordon was put in place and there was a requirement for an evacuation of the immediate area.

The chemical has been removed from the scene to a nearby military area for disposal by controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 4.45 pm.

In addition to maintaining the expertise to deal with improvised explosive devices, the Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Teams also provide the State with a capability to deal with chemical, biological and radiological substances This is the 114th call out of a Bomb Disposal Team this year. 

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Press Release Date:  10 July, 2012

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