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Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe TD, presents new medals to

Civil Defence Volunteers

21 November 2014

Today Paul Kehoe T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Defence presented new long service medals to almost 300 Civil Defence Volunteers from across Ireland. These medals recognise 30, 40 and 50 years service in Civil Defence.

These new medals have been struck to honour decades of voluntary service given by these individuals to their communities. Both serving and retired members of Civil Defence with the appropriate service are eligible for these medals.

At the ceremony in Dublin Castle, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD stated; ‘On behalf of the Government I am delighted to be able to honour so many people who have given 30, 40 and even 50 years of service to Civil Defence and to their local community. The modern, professionally trained and equipped organisation that Civil Defence is today would not have been recognisable when our medal recipients first joined up. Civil Defence has never been afraid to change and has continued to thrive with the major transformations that have taken place down through the years. That success is very much to the credit of everybody assembled here today and long may it continue. For its part this Government will continue to ensure that Civil Defence has all of the necessary supports to ensure that it does.’

More of these medals will be presented at local events over the coming months to volunteers who were unable to travel to Dublin today.


Note for the Editor:

Civil Defence is a volunteer based organization that supports the front line emergency services. We also assist our local communities. Civil Defence has 4,500 volunteer members based in every local authority area throughout Ireland. We have volunteers trained in each of the following services: Casualty, Search and Rescue, Auxiliary Fire Service, Radiation Monitoring, Welfare and Communications.

We support the frontline emergency services in dealing with severe weather, flooding, major accidents, fire fighting and searching for missing people. Civil Defence supports hundreds of community events throughout the year. These include large events such as air shows, tall ships, concerts and festivals and sports events. We also support many smaller local events.

The Civil Defence Branch of the Department of Defence, based in Roscrea, Co Tipperary is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Civil Defence Branch provides policy direction, centralised training through the Civil Defence College, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major items of uniform and equipment in support of local authority Civil Defence efforts.

Maxwells Photographers will make photographs of the event available to the media on request to

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