Monday 18 December 2017

Irish peacekeeper deployment to Syria delayed for three weeks

Administrative hold-ups at borders blamed

Cpl Shane Williams, from Harold's Cross, with girlfriend Moira Boland
Cpl Shane Williams, from Harold's Cross, with girlfriend Moira Boland
Capt Andrew Shinnick with children Daniel (2) and Robbie (7 months) and partner Ellen Ward
Barry Grimes, from Bailieborough with his daughter, Sophia (3)
Cpl Derek Nugent, from Athlone, with wife Yvonne and their children Holly (3), Cian (1) and Christine (16)
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

THE deployment of an advance party of Irish peacekeeping troops to the Golan Heights in Syria has been put on hold for three weeks because of administrative hold-ups at the country’s borders.

Up to thirty troops from the 115-strong contingent were due to fly out to Beirut later this week and then move up by road to Syria.

But the United Nations has now ordered that the departure should not take place until later in the month.

The rest of the troops will fly out the following week and it is intended that all of the contingent should be on the ground by the end of the month.

The delay is not creating any major problems for the Defence Forces.

One senior officer said: “Since there are administrative delays at the Syrian border, its better for the troops to have a few extra days at home with their families rather than waiting somewhere in Beirut”.

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