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 08 May 2012 - Army Bomb Disposal Team makes safe a number of viable Improvised Explosive Devices.

Army Bomb Disposal Teams were deployed to Limerick and Kildare today to deal with a number of viable Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Following a request from Gardai a team deployed to Sean Hueston Place in Limerick City to carry out a Post Blast Analysis where a viable IED had earlier functioned.

The team arrived on scene at 11.20am and following a search of the area declared the scene safe at 12.50pm.

In a second operation an Army Bomb Disposal Team deployed to a location approx 1.5 miles outside Rathangan, Co. Kildare on the Edenderry Road following a request from Gardai; the team arrived on scene at 11.40am.

The team made safe a number of viable Improvised Explosive Devices at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion; the IEDs were removed to a secure military location for further examination. The scene was declared safe at 1.00pm; the remains of these devices have been handed over to Gardai to assist with their investigations.

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Press Release Date: 08 May2012

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