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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Thursday 04 February 2016 - Defence Forces Personnel Stood Down from Aid To Civil Authority (ACA) Tasks.

Defence Forces personnel were stood down today from Aid To Civil Authority Tasks for the first time since the 5th of December, in response to flooding and inclement weather caused by Storms Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude and Henry. There were 234 deployments involving 3314 personnel in that time. Areas personnel deployed to include Westmeath, Roscommon, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and Cork.

All branches of the Defence Forces were utilised - Army personnel for the foremost were involved in the supply and distribution of sandbags, the evacuation of homes, the provision of transport to stranded persons and the manning of pumps in affected areas. Naval Service Reserve personnel were deployed to Clonlara, Co Clare, where they provided boat assets to the local population and Air Corps helicopter crew dropped over 8 tonnes of fodder to stranded livestock outside Athenry, Co Galway.

Press Release Date: Thursday 04 February 2016

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