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Under the Irish initiative, participating countries of the EU would be able to commit to a UN mission on a time-limited basis. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland will today lead a six-strong group of European Union states that will encourage other EU states to play a larger role in United Nations peacek(...)

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) peacekeepers mark the 40th anniversary in March of its peacekeeping presence in southern Lebanon, in southern Lebanon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

More than 100 additional Irish soldiers are to join the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil ) from November for a 12-month period, the Min(...)

 Irish Defence Forces soldiers pictured  in southern Lebanon in 2007. The government considered ending Ireland’s involvmenent in the Unifil mission 20 years earlier after  a corporal was killed in January 1987.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The death of a Defence Forces corporal serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon prompted the government to consider withdrawing f(...)