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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, 22nd December 2016 - Christmas Messages .

The Defence Forces currently have 605 Military Personnel serving in fourteen different countries around the world.

In 2016 close to 1,500 Defence Forces personnel rotated through 15 counties and one sea on humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. During operation Pontus, three naval vessels rescued a total of 7,029 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea.

Our largest troop missions are the 377 personnel serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the 136 personnel with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights in Syria.

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Press Release Date: Thursday, 22nd December 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer