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Review group recommends only one medal for Jadotville soldiers

Jul 15, 2021 17:07 By Shannonside News
Review group recommends only one medal for Jadotville soldiers Review group recommends only one medal for Jadotville soldiers
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Veterans and their families are expressing deep disappointment at today's report

Just one Irish Army officer who was involved in the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo 60 years ago has been recommended for a medal of gallantry.

An independent review group has concluded commanding officer of 35th Batallion A Company, Colonel Pat Quinlan, should receive the award.

The 158 men from A Company, many from the midlands, managed to hold off an attack by thousands of mercenaries in 1961 on a UN peacekeeping mission.

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They suffered no fatalities and inflicted a large number of casualties on the enemy before being forced to surrender.

The report notes the lack of support and recognition for their bravery when the men returned to Ireland.

Minister of defence Simon Coveney is due to apologise to the men of A Company on behalf of the Government.

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Responding to the report today, veteran of the siege and Elphin native, Private Michael Tighe, says he will not accept the Minister's apology.

Speaking to Shannonside Northern Sound this evening, Michael says the survivors are bitterly disappointed with today's recommendation:

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