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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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Tuesday 03 July, 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Makes Safe Viable Improvised Explosive Device .

An Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near Ennis, County Clare overnight.

The Defence Forces deployed the team to a roadway near Barefield following a request from the Gardai after they had discovered an object of concern following suspicious activity in the area.

The team arrived on scene at 3.45am and examined the suspect device in situ. They rendered the device safe without the need for a controlled explosion and handed it over to the Gardai to assist in their investigations.  The scene was declared safe at 5.30am.

This is the 108th callout of Army Bomb Disposal Teams so far this year and the 43rd viable IED rendered safe.

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.

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Press Release Date: 03 July 2012

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Denis Hanly

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

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