Closure Needed For Midlands Soldiers Who Fought At Jadotville

Over 150 Irish troops were involved.

It's time to bring closure to midlands soldiers who fought in the Siege of Jadotville.

That's the call being made by Former Army Commandant, Leo Quinlan, whose father Pat was the Commandant of the forces in the battle, many of whom were from Athlone.

In September 1961, 156 Irish troops acting as UN peacekeepers in the Katanga region, were surrounded by 5,000 katangese forces, and resisted repeated attacks for five days.

There's been an on-going campaign to have the troops recognised with medals, but the move has been met with outstanding issues.

Mr. Quinlan says it's time to put those issues behind us:

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