Fianna Fáil Defence spokesperson Lisa Chambers has welcomed the announcement that members of the 35th Infantry Battalion, who fought at the Siege of Jadotville in 1961, are to be awarded medals.

“This decision brings a conclusion to the long campaign to honour the men of A Company who defended a United Nations outpost for five days in the face of an assault by up 5,000 combatants in the Congo in 1961”, said Deputy Chambers.

“The award of the medals will give rightful recognition to the courage and valour exhibited during the Siege of Jadotville fifty six years ago.

“I would hope that, in light of age of the survivors, the Department of Defence and the Military Authorities can work together to ensure that these medals can be awarded as quickly as possible.”