Written answers

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Investigations

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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17. To ask the Minister for Defence if he will provide reports in relation to the deaths of persons (details supplied) who died in Lebanon in 1989 to each of their families. [35928/13]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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At the outset I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere sympathies to the families of Corporal Heneghan and Privates Armstrong and Walsh. They died in an incident which occurred on 21st March 1989, whilst serving with 'C' Company, 64th Infantry Battalion, United Nations Interim Force in the Lebanon (UNIFIL). On 19th April 2011, Minister Shatter commissioned Mr Frank Callanan, SC, to carry out an independent review into matters relevant to the deaths of Corporal Fintan Heneghan, Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh. Mr. Callanan was appointed to carry out the inquiry following the emergence of new evidence in the course of preparation of a legal case. The Minister has met with the families and they have been provided with a copy of the Report. On 19th September 2011, the Minister published the review.

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