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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 27 Sept 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Unstable Chemical .

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a quantity of the unstable chemical Dinitrophenylhydrazine yesterday evening in Cavan town.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team to St. Patricks College, Cavan following a request from the Gardai.

The Team arrived on scene at 6.45pm and made safe the unstable chemical which was found in a school laboratory during renovations.

The chemical was removed to a safe location where it was made safe through the use of a controlled explosion.

Dinitrophenylhydrazine is a chemical re-agent routinely used in laboratories around the country that can become unstable overtime.

The scene was declared safe at 8.00pm and the team returned to base.

This is the 148th call out of Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year.

Other types of callouts would include improvised explosive devices, conventional munition destruction such as old artillery shells discovered by members of the public, and also suspect devices found to be hoaxes. 

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Press Release Date: Thursday 27 Sept 2012

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Denis Hanly

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