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Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D.,
Reviews Irish Troops heading for service with UNDOF


21 March 2016

Today, the Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., reviewed the members of the 52nd Infantry Group who will leave in the coming weeks for service with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights.

Speaking during the Review, the Minister said, “Ireland makes a substantial contribution to international peace support operations relative to its size. Your commitment, service and loyalty to the traditions of the Defence Forces on overseas service contribute extensively to the high regard in which Ireland is held throughout the world.”

Addressing the 52nd Infantry Group, the Minister said, “The decision by Government to send troops overseas is not taken lightly. Your safety and the safety of all Irish Defence Forces personnel serving on all overseas missions is always the primary concern. Our ability to protect the health and safety of our personnel is of paramount concern when considering any mission.”

The Minister went on to say, “the continued support of troop contributing countries such as Ireland to the mission is vital to allow the mission to continue the implementation of its mandate.”

In concluding the Minister said, “I want to wish each and every member of the 52nd Infantry Group, under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Mark Hearns, a safe and successful mission. You are travelling to the UNDOF mission with my best wishes and with those of the rest of the nation.


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