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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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Monday, 12th December 2016 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Safe a Viable Improvised Explosive Device.

In the early hours of the morning, an Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Askeaton, Co. Limerick.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team on request from An Garda Síochána, after the device was found. 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 1.30am and rendered the device safe at the scene. The scene was declared safe at 2.15am.

Material of an evidential nature was handed over to An Garda Síochána to assist them with their investigation.

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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File photos ofBomb Disposal teams can be viewed on our Flickr Channel


Press Release Date: Monday, 12th December 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