Kehoe meets with local soldiers during visit to Lebanon

Published 25/03/2014 | 05:38

Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD receives an operational ground brief from Lieutenant Dónal Mitchell
Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD receives an operational ground brief from Lieutenant Dónal Mitchell

MINISTER of State Paul Kehoe met two soldiers from Gorey during his visit last week to the Irish troops currently serving with the UN in Lebanon.

Deputy Kehoe, who is the Minister of State for the Department of Defence as well as Government Chief Whip, travelled to south Lebanon where members of the Irish Defence Forces are part of the UN peacekeeping mission.

During the visit, he met Captain Kenneth O'Rourke and Lieutenant Stephen Cooper, both from Gorey.

They attended a wreath laying ceremony at a memorial in the village of Tibnin to the 46 Irish soldiers killed in Lebanon whilst serving with UNIFIL since the first deployment there on March 23, 1978.

The Minister of State was accompanied on the trip to the Defence Forces missions in the Middle East, by the Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle.

During their visit to Lebanon, they received an operational brief and assessment from Commanders serving there.

Deputy Kehoe thanked the troops in south Lebanon for their contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

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