Fianna Fáil Whip and Spokesperson on Defence Seán Ó Fearghaíl has welcomed the safe return of dozens of troops from their mission with the UN to the Golan Heights in Syria.
Deputy Ó Fearghaíl said: “I am very pleased to see the first contingent back from Syria today. It’s no secret that while we felt strongly that Ireland should fulfil its mission with the United Nations; we did have concerns about security for our soldiers in the Golan Heights. I am delighted to see our soldiers safely back home after their six months tour of duty.
“Ireland’s mission to the Golan Heights will continue. Over 100 troops have been deployed as part of the UN peace mission to replace those coming home. I want to wish all of those who have been deployed a safe and successful mission. They are embarking on another phase of Ireland’s long and proud record of service with the UN.
“I know there will have been emotional scenes at Baldonnel this morning as returning soldiers were reunited with their families. I want to take the opportunity to thank the families of all of our troops serving overseas. They make enormous sacrifices so our soldiers can carry out important services on behalf of the country and their contribution should be recognised today as well.”