• Overseas Organisation

    Today approximately 437 Personnel are serving overseas

    Read more
  • Current Missions

    Lebanon 2011, Same but Different

    Read More
  • Overseas History

    A proud tradition of participation in peace support operations

    Read More
  • Co-Operation in Europe

    Since 2009 The Defence Forces participates in the EU Battle Group

    Read More
  • Ireland and the United Nations

    Over 50 years of service

    Read More
  • Training for Overseas Service

    Mission Readiness

    Read More
  • Overseas

    News and Events

    Read More

news

28 May 2016 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 123 Migrants and Recovers One Body

13:06 - LÉ Róisín Rescues 123 Migrants and Recovers One Body from a Vessel 28 Nautical Miles NW of TRIPOLI[more]

Friday 27 May 2016 - Irish General Appointed Force Commander Of UNIFIL

8 pm  - Major General Beary Appointed Head of Mission And Force Commander United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) [more]

Defence Forces - Overseas

Irelands Involvement with the UN

Ireland became a member of the United Nations in 1955. Since 1958, the Defence Forces have a continuous presence on peace support operations, mainly in the Middle East. However, in recent years, following the end of the cold war, Defence Forces personnel have also found themselves in many other parts of the globe as peace-keepers. 

Overseas Videos