Local Jadotville veterans to end 56-year-wait for recognition from Irish government today

Veterans of the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo in 1961 will be presented with specially commissioned medals at a ceremony in Athlone this afternoon.

Just over 40 members of the original 158 who served with “A” Company, 35th Battalion in the Congo are still alive, but the families of the deceased soliders will also accept the medal on their behalf today.

The medal is being awarded to recognise the bravey of the men when they were capauted after a 6 day siege in Jadotville while on the peace keeping mission.

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The soliders were eventually released unharmed but there was no official recognition when they got back to Ireland and some faced derogatory remarks and accusations.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe  says he is looking forward to today’s ceremony…