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 17 October, 2017 - Defence Forces Support in National Response.

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The Defence Forces have deployed 25 Army and Air Corps personnel, along with two vehicles and two helicopters, this morning in support of the national response to Storm Ophelia.

21 Army personnel and two vehicles from the 3rd Infantry Battalion have been deployed to Kilkenny this morning to support the local authorities there in their response to Storm Ophelia. The Army personnel deployed will be assisting in road clearance and mobility tasks.

Defence Forces have also deployed two Air Corps EC 135 helicopters to assist ESB Networks in conducting aerial recces of power lines in the Midlands & South West.

A further 12 Defence Forces personnel and five vehicles were deployed yesterday to assist with the transportation of HSE staff to their workplace in Kilkenny and to clear routes between Kenmare and Tralee.

Forces personnel, vehicles and equipment remain on standby to support local authorities and our communities if requested.

Press Release Date: Tuesday 17 October, 2017

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer