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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 19 February 2013 - Army Bomb Disposal Team Render Viable Improvised Explosive Device Safe.

An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Preston Street Area of Dublin City Centre this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team in response to a request from the Gardai after a suspect device was found outside a private residence located on Preston Street. The team arrived on scene at 3.20 pm and a cordon and traffic restrictions were put in place for public safety. The rail lines that are in the vicinity of the find were also shut as a precaution.

The suspect device was rendered safe in situ without the need for a controlled explosion and was then moved to a secure military location for further technical examination and testing. The scene was declared safe at 4 pm.

The device has now been confirmed as a viable IED following further testing and it's component parts will be handed over to the Gardai to assist in their investigation into the incident.

This is the 34th callout so far this year and brings to 21 the number of viable IEDs dealt with by Army Bomb Disposal Teams.

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:  19 February 2013

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