21 September 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork’s only senior Minister Simon Coveney TD this morning attended the Naval Service Commissioning Ceremony of the 53rd Naval Service Cadet Class at the Naval Base, in Haulbowline, Co. Cork.
Conveney is one of the local TD’s in the Harbour area and attended in his capacity as Minister for Defence.
Speaking at the Commissioning Ceremony, Minister Coveney offered his congratulations to the newly commissioned officers and remarked that
“I offer my warmest congratulations to all of you for the commitment you are making to the State. Each one of you, together with your families and friends, can be justifiably proud of your achievement”.
Minister Coveney also paid tribute to the ongoing humanitarian work being carried out by the Naval Service in the Mediterranean
“The actions of both the LÉ Eithne and LÉ Niamh have highlighted the capability and commitment that has always been the hallmark of Ireland’s Naval Service”.
The Minister said that the L.É. Samuel Beckett will be deployed to the Mediterranean from the end of September until the end of November this year and stated that
“The people of Ireland can truly be proud of the marvellous work the Naval Service has done and is continuing to do and I wish them every continued success with their work”.