Wexford men commissioned
TW0 soldiers from County Wexford are among 29 newly-commissioned permanent Defence Force members.
Members of the 92nd Cadet Class, they are Patrick Tobin, from Enniscorthy, and Tony Smith, from Castlebridge.
Minister Paul Kehoe was present at the commissioning ceremony at the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp, County Kildare.
Addressing the newly-commissioned officers, Minister Kehoe said, 'You have taken a solemn oath today, to be faithful to the Irish Nation and to uphold the constitution. You are charged with providing leadership and guidance to others. A responsibility, I have no doubt you will all discharge with excellence.
'Each of you has chosen a very challenging and demanding career, but it is one that is also very fulfilling and rewarding. I earnestly hope that you all will enjoy the many positive and enjoyable aspects of military life and offer my warmest congratulations to each cadet for the commitment you are making.'
A Commissioning Ceremony is a very special occasion in that it marks the appointment of the newest cohort of officers to serve in the Permanent Defence Force.