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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Defence Forces General Staff

The Chief of Staff (COS)

The Chief of Staff holds the rank of Vice Admiral and is assigned authority and responsibility by the Minister of Defence in respect of all staff duties connected with the executive management of the Defence Forces. The Chief of Staff is responsible for Strategic Planning and Public Relations in particular.

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Deputy and Assistant Chiefs of Staff (DCOS)

The remaining duties, which are executive in nature, are delegated to the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff. The both hold the rank of Major General.

Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (D COS Ops) is tasked with operational matters.
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Deputy Chief of Staff Support (D COS Sp) is tasked with military support matters.
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Assistant Chief of Staff Support (ACOS Sp) is tasked with military support matters. 
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The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]