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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28 Aug 2014 - Update on Irish Defence Forces Troops based in Golan Heights in Syria (UNDOF).

There have been a number of engagements between armed elements in the Golan Heights in the last 36 hours.

The UNDOF Force Commander has deployed the Force Commanders Reserve, consisting of Irish personnel, in response to the current situation. For operational security reasons details of ongoing operations will not be disclosed.

Irish Defence Forces personnel deployed to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Forces (UNDOF) with the 44th Infantry Group remain on high alert. The Irish Defence Forces are aware that 43 UNDOF peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights were detained this morning amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements.  

All Defence Forces personnel and equipment remain safe and accounted for.

The 44th Infantry Group and Defence Forces Headquarters continue to monitor the situation.

Press Release Date: 28 Aug 2014

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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