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# Peacekeeping

This year
# Defence Forces
Trooper Shane Kearney no longer in critical condition after Lebanon attack
Trooper Kearney suffered a head injury in the shooting that killed fellow soldier Private Sean Rooney on 14 December.
Last year
# Peacekeeping
No immediate plans for Taoiseach to visit Lebanon following deadly attack on Irish peacekeepers
Leo Varadkar said that he hoped to fit in a visit “sometime next year”.
All time
# un missions
Irish Defence Forces officer warns staffing crisis jeopardising UN overseas missions
Raco are holding their annual conference in Kildare.
# Peacekeeping
Expense of citizenship 'stopping some Defence Force members from serving on UN missions'
PDFORRA has called on Minister Coveney to ‘do the right thing’ and grant citizenship to migrant soldiers.
# Defence Forces
First female Defence Forces officer achieves rank of Major General
Major-General Maureen O’Brien’s appointment to this rank was described as a “great source of pride for the Defence Forces” by Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney.
# Peacekeeping
Ireland takes its seat on the UN Security Council
The Taoiseach described it as an ‘enormous responsibility’.
# Defence Forces
Over 100 peacekeeping troops arrive home from Lebanon after Covid-19 delay
Minister Paul Kehoe has thanked them for their service.
# Peacekeeping
Cabinet to hear proposal to send Army Ranger Wing to Mali
If approved this would be the first deployment of the ARW overseas in their special forces role since their deployment to Chad in 2008.
# Defence Forces
After facing a delay, Irish troops will return home from Golan Heights and Syria this evening
The soldiers are now due to touch down at Dublin Airport at 7.15pm tonight, where they will be greeted by their families.
# Peacekeeping
Defence Forces personnel recognised for their role in south Lebanon at special ceremony
There are 458 Irish personnel attached to Unifil.
# Óglaigh na hÉireann
Bomb disposal, prison security, peacekeeping - The work of the Irish Defence Forces in 2018
There are currently 650 members of the Defence Forces serving in 14 countries.
# Minister Paul Kehoe
'Inappropriate for a family occasion': Complaints after Defence Forces video shown at All Ireland semi-final
The video was played during the hurling encounter between Clare and Galway in July.
# Defence Forces
Pride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions
Ireland holds the record for the longest unbroken peacekeeping service of any nation in the world.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Was Willie O'Dea really not aware of concerns over Lariam, while he was Minister?
The Fianna Fáil TD was asked four times by Vincent Browne, and four times denied that concerns were mentioned to him about the anti-malaria drug given to Irish troops.
# Virtual Reality
European police and soldiers will be trained by a €2m game made at Trinity College
The college is leading a project that aims to improve skills needed in peacekeeping missions.
# scotch irish
'I wanted to keep the peace, and joining the Irish army was the best way to do that...'
The number of women officers in the Defence Forces is finally on the rise and Catherine Smyth is one of them. But Catherine is Scottish, not Irish.
# Peacekeeping
Irish troops could free up France to fight Isis
France is considering withdrawing from some peacekeeping missions.
# Srebrenica
WATCH: Serbian PM stoned while attending commemoration for victims of massacre
More than 1,000 of the bodies of those killed are yet to be recovered.
# Haiti
UN peacekeepers 'traded food and medicine for sex'
About a third of alleged sexual abuse involves minors under 18.
# Attack
Irish troops safe after mortar attack injures two UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights
The two soldiers were evacuated to Israel for medical care.
# Lebanon
Irish peacekeeping troops 'safe and accounted for' after death of Spanish soldier
The Spanish soldier was killed when the Israeli military shelled border areas in southern Lebanon.
# Peacekeeping
Ireland had almost three bomb disposals a week last year
The Army had 430 troops serving on peacekeeping missions in 16 countries in the past 12 months.
# Peacekeeping
Lebanon will do 'everything in their power' to pursue justice over killing of Irish soldiers
Privates Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett were killed by the South Lebanon Army in an attack in 1980.
# Golan Heights
Defence Forces test water supply amid claims Irish troops are at risk of E Coli
The troops are part of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights.
# tensions rising
As Coveney mulls decision on Irish troops, Israel shoots down Syrian plane in Golan Heights
It’s the first time since 1985 that Israel has downed a Syrian plane.
# Peacekeeping
Syrian troops and Islamist rebels exchange fire near peace line in Golan Heights
Defence Minister Simon Coveney wants a UN review of the peacekeeping
# Your Say
Poll: Should the Irish UN peacekeepers be pulled out of Golan Heights?
The Defence Minister has called for a UN review of the mission.
Opinion: The lives of our peacekeeping troops are being recklessly risked at the Syrian border
The situation at the border is far too volatile for the UN mission’s remit – it seems the only reason to keep it there is for political posturing.
Filipino UN peacekeepers defy Syrian rebels in Golan Heights standoff
Syrian rebels captured 43 Fijian soldiers yesterday.
# Peacekeeping
Man suspected of killing two Irish soldiers in Lebanon to be deported from US
Mahmoud Bazzi entered the US illegally but is not charged with the deaths.
# 34 Years
Silent vigil for two Irish peacekeepers tortured and murdered in Lebanon
The families and friends of Private Derek Smallhorne and Private Thomas Barrett are looking for their killer to be questioned about his past life – before he moved to the US, settled down and started working as an ice-cream man.
Column: 'With a few surviving classmates, I stepped carefully over the dead and dying'
As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Setsuko Thurlow became a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Her harrowing testimony is a continuing reminder of the importance of nuclear disarmament, writes Jamie Walsh.
Column: We have a duty to share our peace-building skills with the world
Ireland has seen first-hand the benefits a third party can bring to a peace process; it owes it to the forgotten conflicts throughout the world to help, writes Colm Bergin.
# tough enough
Ever wonder if you have what it takes for a tour of duty in Syria?
Ireland’s 44 Infantry Group are heading to the Golan Heights in March.
# Syria
Syria war has reached stalemate
Neither side can win, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.
# Syria
Turkey and US demand Assad stand down
The US President and Turkish Prime Minister met in Washington to discuss Syria’s ongoing, bloody conflict.
# Mali
France seeks Mali exit, handover to UN peacekeepers
France is keen to hand over the military burden as its forces continue to come under attack from rebels.
# Peacekeeping
Ireland owed €11.5 million by UN for peacekeeping missions
The money is owed for peacekeeping missions in Chad and Lebanon.
# Peacekeeping
1982: A year of tragedy for Irish soldiers in the Lebanon
Documents from 1982 capture the immediate aftermath of the moment when Michael McAleavey shot dead three of his colleagues at Tibnin Bridge in South Lebanon.