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Christmas Message 2017 to the Irish United Nations Veterans Association from Mr. Paul Keogh (T.D.), Minister With Responsibility for Defence


I am pleased once again to have the honour of sending Christmas greetings to all members of

the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) and your loved ones, both on my behalf

and on behalf of all my colleagues in Government.

This occasion provides me with the opportunity to recognise and thank all the members of

IUNVA for the generations of dedicated service to both the State and to the cause of

International peacekeeping. Ireland has a long and proud association with United Nations

(UN).  Defence Forces personnel have completed over 66,000 individual tours of duty on UN

and UN-mandated Peacekeeping missions since 1958. IUNVA plays an important role in

representing Defence Forces veterans of all ranks that have served overseas in these missions.

Your dedication and service has contributed in no small measure to the excellent reputation

of the Defence Forces, both at home and overseas. 

It gave me great pleasure in 2017 to announce, together with an Iar-Taoiseach Enda Kenny

T.D., the decision to award the “Jadotville Medal” to the men of “A” Company, 35th Infantry

Battalion and to family representatives of deceased members.  I believe this is an important

award and will give full and due recognition in honour of the courageous actions of the men

during the siege at Jadotville in September 1961 during the UN peacekeeping operation in the


At this time of year, our thoughts also naturally turn to those who are no longer with us and

I want to take this opportunity to remember those members of IUNVA who have passed away

in 2017 and previous years. Our thoughts and best wishes are with their families and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.


Finally, I wish you and your families a happy, peaceful Christmas with every success for 2018.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh.


Paul Kehoe, T.D. Minister with Responsibility for Defence

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