The troops, majority of whom were from Northwest, East and Midlands had been abroad for six month

There were scenes of joy in Dublin Airport on Wednesday morning as Irish UN troops returned from Lebanon.

The 109th Infrantry Battalion, part of the UN Defence Forces, were greeted by excited families as they arrived in Terminal 1.


The troops, majority of whom were from Northwest, East and Midlands had been abroad for 6 months as part of the latest deployment.

Speaking as the airport, Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said: "Ireland could not make such a substantial contribution to international peace support operations without the ongoing commitment of Defence Forces personnel to serve overseas in often difficult and dangerous circumstances.


"I commend each and every one of you on your decision to do so.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of your families and friends and to thank them for their support, which enables you to serve abroad and thereby help to protect and save the lives of countless numbers of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world."


Dublin Live