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Tony Killeen TD toured Collins Barracks in County Cork and reviewed a Guard of Honour of members of the fourth Infantry Battalion.

Mr Killeen was at the site to meet some of the more than 200 strong-group of soldiers and sailors who worked with local government employees to protect Cork from flooding.

He thanked all the army and naval personnel for the ‘excellent work’ they did in support of the frontline services during the severe weather emergencies

He said: “Cork was hit particularly badly during the recent flooding and I know the whole community welcomed the reassurance of having the defence forces on the scene providing their professional support to alleviate the worst effects of the flooding.”

In November last year military personal safeguarded supplies of drinking and sanitation water on the north side of the Cork and to the Mercy Hospital.

As well as providing inflatable boats, a whole range of heavy vehicles, sand bags and portable lighting.

Minister Killeen added: “This was a major response by the defence forces and I know they were ready and on standby to provide even more support should this have been required.

“On behalf of the Government and the community at large, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the defence forces personnel for their individual and collective efforts.

“I know the protection of the community lies at the heart of the ethos of the Defence Forces and it certainly showed here in Cork during the severe weather crises.”

Luke Walsh

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