Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Department of Defence
108. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the soldiers deployed to Mali have been there for a period exceeding six consecutive months; the anti-malarial drug that has been typically prescribed to the contingent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10753/19]
The Military Authorities have advised that all Defence Force personnel currently serving in the EU Training Mission (EUTM) Mali deployed on 15th September 2018 and will all return to Ireland on 23rd March 2019. The tour of duty consists of six months and one week to accommodate a hand over and take over period. The Military Authorities further advise that the anti-malarial drug that has been typically prescribed to the contingent is Mefloquine.
EUTM Mali is part of a wider EU effort in support of international peace and security in the wider Sahel region. The mission is being undertaken at the request of the Malian Government and has the support of a UN Security Council Resolution.