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 May 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 123 Migrants and Recovers One Body .

Earlier today, following a request from Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Operation Mare Sicuro, the LÉ Róisín located and rescued a total of 123 migrants from a 12m long rubber vessel craft 28 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli. Unfortunately, one deceased male migrant was also recovered from the craft.
The rescue commenced at 0800am and all migrants were on board by 1030am and are now receiving food, water and medical treatment where required. Conditions at the time were considered good.
The  LÉ Róisín is currently awaiting further tasks.

*Figures for today's operation are provisional until confirmed by the Italian authorities.

LÉ Róisín has rescued 519 people to date. (Excluding today's figures)

View images from today's rescue on our Flickr Channel

The LÉ Róisín departed Naval Service Headquarters in Haulbowline, Cork to assist the Italian Authorities in the humanitarian search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean on the 2nd of May. The ship’s search and rescue operations began on 11th of May 2016.

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The role of the Irish Naval vessel is to provide a search and rescue capability and to undertake humanitarian rescue operations at sea in the Mediterranean. Assistance to persons in distress at sea is provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of international conventions governing search and rescue situations.

Press Release Date: 28 May 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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