• Overseas Organisation

    Today approximately 385 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 60 years of service

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  • Training for Overseas Service

    Mission Readiness

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18th November 2016 - LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 50* Migrants

11.20am.- LÉ Samuel Beckett Rescues 50* Migrants During a Search & Rescue Operation 25 Nautical Miles NW of Tripoli[more]

Friday 04th November 2016, 12.05pm. - Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. to present Medals

Friday 04th November 2016, 12.05pm. - Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. will Present the International Operational Service Medal to Members of the Defence Forces.[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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