« BackBallinskelligs UN peacekeeper departs for Syria

UN flag United NationsAn army officer from Ballinskelligs is leaving the country today to begin a six month UN peacekeeping mission to Syria.

Private Richard Fitzgerald is travelling to Golan Heights region as part of a mandated mission to peacefully observe the border between Israel and Syria.

Private Fitzgerald is an Emergency Medical Technician who’s previously served on missions to Chad and Sierra Leone.

Golan Heights, where Private Fitzgerald will be stationed, was the subject of recent attacks.

He says however, while’s he’s mindful of the risks, it’s important the UN has a peacekeeping presence on the ground in Syria.