• Overseas Organisation

    Today approximately 437 Personnel are serving overseas

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  • Current Missions

    Lebanon 2011, Same but Different

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  • Overseas History

    A proud tradition of participation in peace support operations

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  • Co-Operation in Europe

    Since 2009 The Defence Forces participates in the EU Battle Group

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  • Ireland and the United Nations

    Over 50 years of service

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  • Training for Overseas Service

    Mission Readiness

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  • Overseas

    News and Events

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28 May 2016 - Update - LÉ Róisín

17.25 - Update - LÉ Róisín Completes Three Operations Today[more]

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]

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. 

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