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Leo Quinlan, son of the late Patrick Quinlan, the officer who commanded the Irish troops at the Battle of Jadotville. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Minister for Defence has undertaken not to consider how many medals should be awarded to Irish soldiers who fought in the 1961 battle of Jadotvill(...)

Leo Quinlan, son of the late Patrick Quinlan, the officer who commanded the Irish troops  at the Battle of Jadotville. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Campaigners seeking to honour Irish soldiers who fought at Jadotville have brought a High Court challenge over fears that just one military medal will(...)

Col Quinlan also recommended that of the 33 men, five of them should also be awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry (MMG), the Irish army’s highest award.

Only the commanding officer of those involved in the Jadotville siege in the Congo 60 years ago has been recommended for a medal. An independent revi(...)

Simon Coveney said the Government had sought to recognise the veterans of siege by awarding a unit citation in 2016 and a specially commissioned Jadotville medal in 2017.

The issue of medals for gallantry for the Irish soldiers involved in the siege of Jadotville will be considered by an independent group of experts. (...)

Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

Pat Quinlan, left, and Matt Quinlan, third from right

In the summer of 1992 Bernadette Quinlan arrived home on holidays from Switzerland, where she and her husband Gerry were living at the time. The phone(...)

Ireland’s main share index outperformed most of its European peers on Friday with a 1.08 per cent rise led by positive moves in CRH and Ryanair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish shares outperformed European peers on a day when global equities rose with strong economic data coming from the US. Meanwhile, Britain’s Ftse c(...)

Opposition supporters carry a cross and computer screen with the words “RIP voting machine” on it, during a rally. Photograph: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have vowed to join forces to end President Joseph Kabila’s 17-year hold on power, accelerating (...)

The higher the cost of cobalt, the more you will pay for an electric car. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The Congo. September 1961. Irish soldiers in Jadotville are attacked by separatist Katangan forces led by Belgian mercenaries. Jadotville is a copper-(...)

 Irish Defence Forces personnel  in Jadotville are to be awarded medals. Photograph: Defence Forces Archive

Members of the 35th Infantry Battalion, who fought at the Siege of Jadotville in1961 are to be awarded medals, it has been announced. The announcemen(...)

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