Friday, December 25, 2009
I want to wish all my readers a very happy Christmas. But in particular I would like to wish it to the more than 750 members of the Defence Forces, or Óglaigh na h-Eireann that are serving overseas this Christmas. There are currently two hundred and forth-three troops serving in Kosovo while 43 are in Bosnia. There are a further four hundred and twenty-one troops helping to keep the peace in Chad. There are also smaller forces serving in the Lebanon, Ivory Coast, the DR Congo, Western Sahara and Afghanistan. To all these men and women I wish them a very happy Christmas and a safe return home.