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Taoiseach Micheál Martin told RTÉ said his sympathies were with the soldier’s family.

“We know the commitment of our soldiers, particularly those in Lebanon. They take great pride in their work. It has always been in the cause of peace and Ireland’s international contribution.”

He said it would be “prudent” to wait for a full investigation and analysis before discussing what happened.

Irish President, Michael D Higgins said “we must never forget the dangers that come with this work”.

Irish Defence Minister, Simon Coveney, said it was with profound sadness and a deep sense of shock that he learned of the death.

 “At this time I want to express, on behalf of everyone in Ireland, our utmost sorrow at the loss of a young man serving his country and the United Nations overseas,” he said.

“To his family I want to say sorry for their heartbreak and loss.

“To the families of those injured, I want you to know the Defence Forces will do everything to care for and support your loved ones.”


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