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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11th October 2016 - Irish Defence Forces launches Defend With Pride.

Earlier today Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, attended the official launch of Defend With Pride, the Irish Defence Forces LGBTA Network. Speaking at the event the Chief of Staff highlighted the importance of diversity for both our personnel and the organisation, stating: "The provision and fostering of a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, reflective of Irish society is our Moral Duty and, for the Defence Forces, it means better decision making, better agility, better resilience."

At the launch were a number of guest speakers including Mr Brian Sheehan the Executive Director of GLEN, and Ms Catherine Vaughan from Ernst & Young who is a Senior Manager, Role Model and Diversity Champion who spoke on inclusive workplaces.

The official launch is also part of the Defence Forces involvement with GLEN's Diversity Champions Programme.

Defend With Pride, the LGBTA Network is a resource for all of our personnel. It aims to provide support, information and guidance for LGBT personnel and Allies who wish to support colleagues, friends and family.

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Press Release Date: 11th October 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O’Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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