Chambers welcomes Jadotville medals

Fianna Fáil Defence spokesperson Lisa Chambers has welcomed the announcement that members of the 35th Infantry Battalion, who fought at the Siege of Jadotville in 1961 are to be awarded medals

“Today’s news brings a conclusion to the long campaign to honour the men of A Company who defended a United Nations outpost for five days in the face of an assault by up 5,000 combatants in the Congo in 1961.”

“The award of the medals will give rightful recognition to the courage and valour exhibited during the Siege of Jadotville fifty six years ago.”

“Today’s announcement says that the Department of Defence and the Military Authorities will work together to make the arrangements for the awarding of these medals and that in light of the process required, this will take some time. I would hope that, in light of age of the survivors, that this process can be expedited so that the award can take place as quickly as possible.”