Published on Monday16thSeptember2019

Minister Paul Kehoe Reviews Irish Troops heading for service with UNDOF

Today, the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, reviewed the members of the 60th Infantry Group who will leave shortly for service with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights.


Speaking during the Review, Minister Kehoe said: 

Participation in overseas peacekeeping missions across the public service, but most particularly by our Defence Forces, is a key element of Ireland’s foreign policy.  It has been an important dimension in cementing Ireland’s international obligations as a committed member of the UN and the EU.


Addressing the 60th Infantry Group, the Minister said

You, the men and women of the 60th Infantry Group under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Dwyer, are the latest to continue the long and proud tradition of supporting the United Nations in the cause of peace, stability and security.

Soldiers from 26 counties around Ireland are represented among the 130 strong contingent deploying to UNDOF, 48 troops are deploying on their first tour of duty overseas.


The Minister went on to say: 

The role of the Defence Forces, on overseas operations, is one of service to vulnerable communities and to the men, women and children devastated by conflict in their lands.


Minister Kehoe also warmly welcomed the recent appointment by the United Nations of Brigadier General Maureen O’Brien to the post of Deputy Force Commander in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. The Minister stated:

Brigadier General O’Brien will bring extensive command and peacekeeping experience to the post and I have no doubt that she will serve with distinction in this important position.   I want to warmly congratulation her and her family on this great occasion.