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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 12 February 2015 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Rendered Safe a Viable IED.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Drumshambo, Co Leitrim this evening.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team in response to a request from An Garda Sí­ochána after a suspect device was found on a grass verge on the approach to the town.

A cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety. The team arrived on scene at 5.35 pm. The device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion and was taken away to a military location for further testing where it was confirmed as a viable Imporvised Explosive Device (IED.) The device is described as a crude igniferous device.

All component parts and items of an evidential nature will be handed over to the Gardaí­ to assist them with their investigations.

The scene was declared safe at 6.35 pm.

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.


Press Release Date:Saturday 22nd November 2014

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer

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