Kehoe visits Wexford troops in Lebanon

by david tucker

Published 29/12/2015 | 00:00

Eoin Parker, from Oylegate, with Minister Paul Kehoe.
Eoin Parker, from Oylegate, with Minister Paul Kehoe.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Anthony Doyle, from Boolavogue, and Minister Paul Kehoe.

Minister Paul Kehoe visited some of the Wexford soldiers stationed in the Middle East on a pre-Christmas visit with the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence to the Lebanon and the Golan Heights.

'It is always special to come across a fellow Wexford native when out of the country, but these dedicated members of the Irish Defence Forces on active duty so far from home and family at this time of year are a true inspiration It is always special to meet my fellow Wexford natives when out of the country, but to meet these dedicated members of the Irish Defence Forces on active duty so far from home and family at this time of year is truly inspiring.

'I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Doyle, Boolavogue, serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Eoin Parker, Oylegate and Mickey Hevan, Barntown, serving with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights who are all prime examples of this."

'The Irish Defence forces do a superb job overseas in often very challenging conditions. As a nation, we owe them a debt of gratitude for their hard work, dedication and the sacrifices they make in order to do the job they do so well. That gratitude must be extended to their families, particularly at this time of year.'

Minister Kehoe was speaking during a visit with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Simon Coveney which took them to the Headquarters of the Finnish/Irish Battalion UNP 2-45. On arrival, The Taoiseach inspected a guard of honour by the 51 Infantry Group before being briefed on the scale and complexities of the operation by Head of Mission and Force Commander UNIFIL, Major General Luciano Portolano.

While in Lebanon, the Taoiseach and Ministers Coveney and Kehoe met people from the local area, including Tibnin.

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