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 30 April 2015 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Rendered Safe a Viable IED in Co Offaly.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Ballincurra area of Co Offaly this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team after a suspect device was found near a private residence.

A cordon and road closures were put in place for public safety and a small number of nearby houses were evacuated. The team arrived on scene at 2.15 pm.

The device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion and was taken away for further examination.

It was later confirmed as viable. Items of an evidential nature will be handed over to the Gardaí­ to assist them with their investigation.

The scene was declared safe at 3.15 pm.

Press Release Date: 30th April 2015

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Capt Laura Lafferty

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 6738395

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