Long Service Medal Presentation Ceremony – 21st November 2014

24 November 2014

On Friday 21st November, Paul Kehoe T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Defence presented new long service medals to almost 300 Civil Defence Volunteers from across Ireland. The medals were presented in recognition of 30, 40 and 50 years service in Civil Defence.

These new medals have been struck to honour decades of voluntary service given by these individuals to their communities. Both serving and retired members of Civil Defence with the appropriate service are eligible for these medals.

At the ceremony in Dublin Castle, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD stated; ‘On behalf of the Government I am delighted to be able to honour so many people who have given 30, 40 and even 50 years of service to Civil Defence and to their local community. The modern, professionally trained and equipped organisation that Civil Defence is today would not have been recognisable when our medal recipients first joined up. Civil Defence has never been afraid to change and has continued to thrive with the major transformations that have taken place down through the years. That success is very much to the credit of everybody assembled here today and long may it continue. For its part this Government will continue to ensure that Civil Defence has all of the necessary supports to ensure that it does.’

More of these medals will be presented at local events over the coming months to volunteers who were unable to travel to Dublin on Friday last.