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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# UN peacekeeping

Last month
December 2022
# Sean Rooney
Dundalk grapples with the death of a young soldier that has 'pierced its heart'
The town of Dundalk was stilled by grief on Thursday morning.
Last year
# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
All time
Tom Clonan: 'My whistleblower journey in the Defence Forces has ended. I am back in from the cold'
Dr Tom Clonan met with the Defence Forces Chief of Staff today about a reconciliation process. ‘Unusually for Ireland, this whistleblowing story has a happy ending,’ he writes.
# Explainer
What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there?
This week, Cabinet approved a proposal to send troops abroad for peacekeeping duties.
# UN peacekeeping
Return of 119 troops from Syria delayed for two weeks over error in clearance to travel through Lebanon
The issue emerged on Monday morning as the troops were preparing to return from UN peacekeeping.
# Golan Heights
Ireland is sending 130 soldiers into one of "the most dangerous UN missions in the world"
The Golan Heights has been fought over for four decades.
# out of harm's way
'I will not send Irish troops into civil war in Syria' - Coveney
Irish peacekeepers are about to re-deploy to the Golan Heights.
# 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
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.
# Golan Heights
No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights
The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.
# Barrett and Smallhorne
Man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers arrested in America
Mahmoud Bazzi had claimed he had carried out the killing in revenge for his brother.
# Golan Heights
Irish troops in Syria return fire after being hit by "unknown blast"
An estimated 36 Irish troops were on patrol when their convoy was hit but none sustained any serious injuries.