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UN missions and the EU

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The Irish people are rightly proud of the contribution our troops have made since our accession to the United Nations in 1955. Whether in the Congo, Lebanon, East Timor or Liberia, Irish troops have gained credit for their contribution to peacekeeping in these areas.

The Irish people are rightly proud of the contribution our troops have made since our accession to the United Nations in 1955. Whether in the Congo, Lebanon, East Timor or Liberia, Irish troops have gained credit for their contribution to peacekeeping in these areas.

Traditionally, the UN managed such combat groups directly, but increasingly the UN delegates modern crisis management missions to regional operations, such as the EU.

The military capabilities of the European Union, which have been in place since the Maastricht Treaty, allow Ireland to develop the role we have shaped for ourselves internationally, while fully preserving our tradition of neutrality. Our neutrality has been recognized by the other EU countries in successive Treaties, and the legally-binding guarantees affirm the Triple Lock mechanism, whereby Irish troops may be deployed only with the approval of the Government, the Dáil and the UN.

Here Lt Gen. Pat Nash, Operations Commander of the EUFOR mission to Chad and the Central African Republic, discusses the distinctive role Irish troops have played over the years.

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