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Thursday 18 September 2014

Government wants UN assurances over risks to Irish troops in Golan Heights

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 02/09/2014 | 20:33

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Irish peacekeeping troops may be equipped with heavier weaponry and moved to posts closer to the Israeli border under a review being carried out by the United Nations of the risks to its mission on the war-torn Golan Heights.

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A new contingent of Irish troops, the 46th infantry group, will be deployed, as planned, from the end of the month.

But the Government wants assurances from the UN that its review will lessen the risks to the safety of the troops.

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieut General Conor O'Boyle said the welfare of the troops was always his main concern.  They were well trained and well equipped and they and their families knew there were risks involved in every overseas peace mission.

"Our job is to mitigate that risk to the utmost degree", he added.

The Chief of Staff was speaking at an inaugural commemoration day for Defence Forces' veterans at the Training Centre at the Curragh.

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