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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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Friday, 06th January 2017 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Make Safe a Suspect Device .

Earlier today, an Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a suspect device in a rural area near Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team on request from An Garda Síochána. A cordon was established in the surrounding area and a number of houses were evacuated to ensure the safety of the residents.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived at 1.20pm and conducted an examination of the suspect device. The scene was declared safe at 2.25pm.

Material of an evidential nature will be handed over to An Garda Síochána.

This is the first Army Bomb Disposal call-out of 2017, there were a total of 96 call-outs in 2016.

Other types of call outs would include conventional munition destruction such as old grenades discovered by members of the public, unstable chemicals and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes.

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Press Release Date: Friday, 06th January 2017

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

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