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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C


This year
# Micheál Martin
Tánaiste to convey his sympathies to Irish troops on the loss Seán Rooney during Lebanon visit
The Tánaiste will visit Irish troops on Thursday.
# Defence Forces
Trooper Shane Kearney no longer in critical condition after Lebanon attack
Trooper Kearney suffered a head injury in the shooting that killed fellow soldier Private Sean Rooney on 14 December.
Last year
# South of the Litani
South Lebanon: Proxy conflicts and economic collapse make Irish patrol area 'powder keg'
Our reporter, Niall O’Connor, who recently visited south Lebanon takes a look at life below the Litani River.
# Lebanon
Dáil observes a minute's silence for Irish soldier Seán Rooney
TDs expressed their condolences to the family of Seán Rooney.
Investigation as civilian motorcyclist killed in Lebanon collision with Irish military vehicle
The incident happened in south Lebanon where the troops are based.
# Lebanon
Taoiseach visits Irish troops on peacekeeping mission in Lebanon
Reporter Niall O’Connor is accompanying the Taoiseach and reporting from Lebanon in the coming days.
All time
# Israel-Lebanon
Israel launches air strikes on Lebanon in response to rocket attacks
Israel said it had struck launch sites as well as installations which had previously been used to attack Israel.
# Peacekeepers
Irish troops took shelter as Israel traded rockets and artillery fire with Palestinian groups
117 Defence Forces personnel have just returned from an extended seven-month deployment to Lebanon.
Niall O'Connor speaks with returning UN Peacekeepers from the tension filled environment of South Lebanon.
The exchange of fire between Palestinians and Israel saw them take to bunkers to protect them from stray rounds.
The Irish troops, drawn from across the island, carried out humanitarian work and maintained the peace in the country.
Peacekeepers' killings in Lebanon led government to halt Israeli plans to open Irish embassy
Irish troops have been deployed to the region with the UN since the 1970s.
# Irish Defence Forces
'You should be proud': Taoiseach visits Irish troops serving in Lebanon this Christmas
This Christmas some 580 troops will be serving overseas.
# away for Christmas
'It’s tough to be away from home': Varadkar visiting Irish troops in Lebanon
Hundreds of Irish people will be deployed overseas this Christmas.
# Lebanon
Irish peacekeeping troops 'safe and accounted for' after death of Spanish soldier
The Spanish soldier was killed when the Israeli military shelled border areas in southern Lebanon.
# Peacekeeping
Ireland had almost three bomb disposals a week last year
The Army had 430 troops serving on peacekeeping missions in 16 countries in the past 12 months.
# Defence Forces
Tribute paid to 47 Irish troops who lost their lives in Lebanon
A wreath was laid at Tibnin Memorial to the personnel who died in service.
# enda on tour
Hello soldiers: Taoiseach to meet the troops serving in Lebanon
The Taoiseach will also announce an additional €2 million in emergency funding to help Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
# Irish Defence Forces
Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon ‘increasingly unstable’
The Minister for Defence also revealed that the UN has requested that Irish observers be sent to Syria.
# Peacekeeping
1982: A year of tragedy for Irish soldiers in the Lebanon
Documents from 1982 capture the immediate aftermath of the moment when Michael McAleavey shot dead three of his colleagues at Tibnin Bridge in South Lebanon.
# Welcome home
In pictures: Irish troops arrive home to smiles and smooches
There were happy scenes as the soldiers were welcomed at Dublin Airport today.
# Lebanon
Irish troops return from UN mission in Lebanon
A replacement battalion has already been deployed to continue Ireland’s involvement in the UNIFIL operation.
# Camp Shamrock
Bombs, Skype, and no tea: What Christmas is like for the Irish troops in Lebanon
A lot of us take for granted that we’ll spend Christmas Day with our families. But for Irish troops in Lebanon, Christmas is like any other day on patrol. Niamh Fleming-Farrell talks to the troops to find out what it’s like.
# Explosion
Roadside bomb injures French UN peacekeepers in Lebanon
The Defence Forces say that no Irish peacekeepers were injured in the blast.
Column: ‘Next I boil 300 eggs’ – a day in the life of an army chef
In the latest of our dispatches from Irish troops on the Blue Line in Lebanon, battalion chef Cpl Joe Agnew describes cooking for 350 hungry soldiers in a mobile kitchen.
# Lebanon
McAleese to meet Irish troops in Lebanon on final official trip
The President will meet with members of the 104th Battalion today, visit Camp Shamrock, and lay a wreath in memory of those who have lost their lives.
# Lebanon
Lebanon bomb that killed Irish soldiers could have been detected – report
An independent review into the death of three soldiers in Lebanon in 1989 says safety procedures were not sufficient.
Column: ‘Breakfast is Lebanese porridge and UHT milk’ – an Irish soldier’s diary
What is life really like for Irish troops in Lebanon? Hot and dangerous, writes Westmeath native Corporal Alan Rigney.
# Lebanon
Bomb wounds five UN peacekeepers in Lebanon
The explosion occurred near to the port city of Sidon targeted a UNIFIL convoy along the highway at 6pm local time, injuring five French soldiers.
# The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In this evening’s fix: DAA board backs down, shock death at Glastonbury, cringey MySpace pages and the only slideshow you’ll ever need to see…swamp soccer!
# Peacekeeping
Two hundred Irish troops heading for Lebanon in the morning
The soldiers will leave Dublin Airport at 2.30am to join the rest of the 104th Battalion on a peacekeeping mission. The youngest is 20-years-old.
Independent review announced into Irish soldiers' 1989 deaths in Lebanon
Justice minister Alan Shatter says new information has come to light which could have influenced an earlier 2003 inquiry.