Kenny to visit our troops in Golan Heights and Lebanon
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to travel to the Middle East to visit Irish troops in south Lebanon and the Golan Heights on Sunday.
The trip, which has been low key for security reasons, will see Mr Kenny meet with the 51st Infantry Group in Lebanon and the 50th Infantry Group on the Golan Heights.
The Taoiseach said it was an "entirely appropriate time" given that they were dealing with a situation that was "changing on a weekly basis and the difficulties and the challenges they face as professional soldiers".
"I very much look forward to acknowledging the huge contribution made by our Defence Forces not just on terra firma but also those who have served on the three naval ships who have pulled more than 8,500 men, women and children from the waters of the Mediterranean," he said.
The 131 members of the Defence Forces in the Golan Heights began their six-month tour in September.
The 191 personnel in the Lebanon travelled out there last month, and will not return home until May.