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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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Saturday 09 February 2013 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Viable Improvised Explosive Device Safe.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the grounds of Blanchardstown IT, Dublin this morning.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team in response to a request from the Gardai after the IED was found on the IT campus, near an ATM machine. The Team arrived on scene at 10.40 am and a cordon was put in place for public safety. Some nearby buildings also had to be evacuated as a precaution.

The device was rendered safe in situ remotely without the need for a controlled explosion and was then moved to a secure military location for further technical examination and testing. The scene was declared safe at 11.35 am.

The device has now been confirmed as a viable IED following further testing and it's remains will be handed over to the Gardai to assist in their investigations.  

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Press Release Date:  9 February, 2013

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Denis Hanly

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

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