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Iraq and Afghanistan: Northern Ireland Regiments

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to mark the role played by the Royal Irish Regiment and other service members from Northern Ireland in Iraq and Afghanistan. [HL4816]

Plans are currently under way to recognise members of the Armed Forces from Northern Ireland, including members of the Royal Irish Regiment, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Larne Borough Council has conferred the Freedom of the Borough of Larne on the Royal Irish Regiment and discussions are under way between the council and the regiment for it to receive this honour in the autumn. In addition, a number of other councils have been in discussion with Headquarters Northern Ireland and 38 (Irish) Brigade about the possibility of them facilitating “welcoming home” parades for the Armed Forces in Northern Ireland.

On 4 May, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosted a party for the family members of service personnel who were on operational service overseas, in order to demonstrate his support not only for those deployed on operations but for the children and family members who wait at home for their safe return.

On 2 June, the Minister for Health in the Northern Ireland Executive hosted a reception for 204 (Northern Ireland) Field Hospital (Volunteers) prior to members from that unit deploying to Afghanistan.