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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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20 January 2013 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Safe Viable Improvised Explosive Device.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable improvised explosive device (IED) in Tallaght, Dublin this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in response to a request from the Gardai after the IED was found outside a private residence this afternoon. The Team arrived on scene at 2.55 pm and the property and adjoining houses were evacuated by the Gardai with local residents moved to a safe location during the operation. A cordon was also put in place for public safety.

The device was rendered safe in situ by means of a controlled explosion and was then moved to a secure military location for further technical examination and testing. The scene was declared safe at 3.50 pm.

The device has now been confirmed as a viable IED and the component parts will be handed over to the Gardai to assist in their investigations.


Press Release Date:  20 January, 2013

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