Naval heroes honoured
Special operational medals have been presented for the first time to members of the Defence Forces who were deployed abroad on non-peace support missions.
The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, awarded the medals to 60 personnel.
At a special ceremony at Rosslare Harbour yesterday, Mr Kehoe paid tribute to 54 members of the crew of the LE Eithne, the Naval Service vessel which helped rescue migrants from the Mediterranean from May to July last year.
"During its deployment from May 16 to July 17 in 2015, the crew of the LE Eithne rescued a total of 3,377 migrants and provided assistance to a further 875 migrants," Mr Kehoe said. Medals were also presented to six members of a military unit deployed to Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015.