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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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Thursday 07 June 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Unstable Chemical.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of unstable Picric Acid at a chemist on Main Square, Thurles this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to the chemist where the unstable chemical had been found during a routine audit of chemicals.

The team arrived on scene at 11.30am and removed the chemical to waste ground. The Bomb Disposal Team carried out a controlled explosion in order to make the chemical safe; the scene was declared safe at 12.30pm.

Picric Acid is a chemical re-agent and is routinely used in laboratories and chemists but can crystallise and become unstable and sensitive to shock or friction over time.

This is the 98th call out for the Army Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year.


Press Release Date:  Thursday 07 June 2012

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