13 June 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin (A Cork South Cental TD)has welcomed the decision today by the Government to award medals for bravery to the men who served at the Battle of Jadotville in 1961.
“This announcement comes after a long, and often fruitless campaign, by the families of those who served their country, and it is testament to their hard work, commitment and above all else, their perseverance.
“I want to congratulate the members of the campaign, from right across the country, including secondary students, who kept the fight going.
“These soldiers did their duty by their country, put their lives on the line, and it is right and proper that their bravery is recognised by the Irish State.
“The 35th Battalion A Company who held out, under intense attacks from over 3000 belligerents, are testament to the skills and abilities of Óglaigh na hÉireann.
“The veterans of Jadotville and their families finally have what is owed to them by the Irish State,” concluded Martin.