Defence Forces troops of the 7th Infantry Battalion, Dublin, and members of the 58th Infantry Group training at the Glen of Imaal on September 5th. They are entering their final phase of training after three months of intensive preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Irish troops serving as part of a UN mission in the Middle East have moved back to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights after withdrawing four years a(...)

“I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis,’’ Minister of State for Defence  Paul Kehoe said. Photograph: Alan Betson

The withdrawal of Irish peacekeeping soldiers from the Golan Heights has been ruled out by Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. He said no miss(...)

Lieut Stephen Keane of the cavalry reconnaissance section looking out across the UN buffer zone into Syria. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base on the Golan Heights and mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp, i(...)

“The Security Council is far from perfect. At times it has been wholly ineffective. Syria is only the most recent and glaring example.” Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Reuters

The United Nations Security Council has been in the news recently. In the past days it has considered how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in(...)

A member of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) looks through binoculars at the Syrian side of the Qunietra crossing from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. An Irish Army officer is to  become the deputy force commander of the under pressure mission. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters.

A senior Irish Army officer will become the deputy force commander of the under pressure United Nations deployment in the Golan Heights, Syria. Brig G(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence Alan Shatter performing a ministerial review of the 43rd Infantry Group before their departure for a tour of peacekeeping duty in the Golan Heights in Syria. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish troops have all the training and specialist equipment they need to deal with any possible chemical warfare incident during their deployment to S(...)

File image of Irish peacekeepers on patrol  in Lebanon in 2000. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

Members of the Defence Forces are to be deployed in Syria as part of a United Nations observer force. The Government approved the move today, accordin(...)