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Overseas service: crucial part of Irish foreign policy & life-blood of the Defence Forces

Fine Gael spokesperson for Defence David Stanton TD, today (Tuesday), welcomed the Government’s announcement that 440 troops are to be deployed to Lebanon as part of UNIFIL peace keeping mission

“Overseas service is the lifeblood of Ireland’s Defence Forces and a crucial part of Irish foreign policy.  I welcome any new deployment that allows the Defence Forces to maintain their skills set and experience.   Irish troops recently undertook a dangerous and onerous mission in Chad with a huge degree of success for which they were commended on the international stage.

“The Defence Forces have provided outstanding service for many years in Lebanon and while it is sad that another troop deployment is required, I have no doubt but that they will continue to maintain their high standards in fulfilling their UNIFIL duties.”