Penrose welcomes move to award medals to Soldiers of Jadotville

14 June 2017

Labour Longford Westmeath TD, Willie Penrose, has welcomed the announcement that a special medal is to be awarded to the Irish soldiers who fought during the Siege of Jadotville in 1961.

Deputy Penrose said:

“This is a very welcome announcement that those soldiers who fought so valiantly during the Siege of Jadotville in 1961 are to be fully and duly recognised by the State for their bravery and courage.

“Most of the 150 UN troops belonging to the “A” Company, who so gallantly defended the post at Jadotville, were based at the Custume Barracks in Athlone, and I know that this is something their families have been calling for, for a long time.

“So while the awarding of this medal is long overdue, I hope that it will bring some comfort and resolution to the loved ones of these brave soldiers. This is the culmination of a long campaign by those members, and I am delighted that it has now succeeded.

“I am aware that a legislative amendment will be required to be passed by the Oireachtas, in order to allow the heroes of Jadotville to be honoured. I trust that the Department of Defence will prioritise the passing of this legislation without delay, which will enable medals be given to the men of “A” Company, 35th Battalion and to the next of kin of deceased members.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the thousands of Irish men and women who continue to serve on UN Peacekeeping missions around the world today.”

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