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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.

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Saturday 2 January 2016 - Defence Forces Aid to Civil Authority (ATCA) tasks.

There are over 110 Defence Forces personnel deployed on Aid to Civil Authority (ATCA)  tasks nationwide, many of which commenced St Stephens Day.

The following is a summary of their primary deployments, correct at time issued:

  • There are 2 soldiers from 1 Brigade Transport Company deployed with a Troop Carrying Vehicle for mobility tasks at a halting site in Carrigrohane, Co Cork.
  • 2 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, deployed with a Troop Carrying Vehicle to Thomastown, Co Kilkenny for mobility tasks, getting stranded people to and from their homes, 8 soldiers filling and distributing sandbags to the Thomastown, Inistioge and Craignamanagh areas of Co Kilkenny and 18 soldiers deployed filling and distributing sandbags to Carrick on Suir and Clonmel in Co Tipperary
  • 8 soldiers from the 12th Infantry Battalion, Sarsfield Barracks, deployed to Ballyvolan, Co Limerick filling and distributing sandbags
  • There are 10 members of the Limerick Naval Service Reserve deployed with a truck, flat bottomed boat and mechanised pumps to Clonlara Co Clare re-directing water, assisting Clare County Council with flood relief. They will man vital pumps for the night.
  • There are 10 soldiers filling and distributing sandbags in Gort, Co Galway and using military vehicles for mobility tasks where required. 13 soldiers deployed to the Galway County Council yard filling sandbags for council distribution
  • There are 17 soldiers from Custume Barracks filling and distributing sandbags in Athlone as well as distributing hot food at meal times to residents of the Strand and Deerpark Road areas, that have been badly affected by the risen Shannon. An additional 10 soldiers will be deployed later to take over the manning of pumps along the Shannon (previously manned by volunteers) and a military ambulance from Custume Barracks is currently providing assistance to the National Ambulance Service taking a member of the public from Athlone to Tullamore General Hospital.

 

There are soldiers on one hours notice to move at military installations nationwide, should they be requested by civil authorities.


Press Release Date: Saturday 2 January 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer