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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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30 Aug 2014 - Update on Irish Defence Forces Personnel based in Golan Heights, Syria (UNDOF).

In the early hours of Saturday 30 August members of the Irish 44th Infantry Group successfully conducted an operation to extract United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) troops from a UN Position that was compromised by Armed Elements in the Zone of Separation.

The Quick Reaction Force deployed to the position, secured a withdrawal route, and escorted the troops to a reinforced UN position.

In light of ongoing operations the 44th Infantry Group remain on high alert, prepared for further taskings from the Force Commander.

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: 30 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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