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of a Sligo soldier on United Nations duty led to a formal protest by the government.
The then Foreign Affairs minister Peter Barry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Dublin.
The Corkman asked that those responsible for Corporal McLoughlin’s death should be disciplined.
The details are contained in State papers just released under the 30 years rule.
Dermot McLoughlin died on January 10th 1987 when a round fired by an Israeli tank struck his UN post in the town of Brashit.
A brief was prepared for government and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
It was confirmed there were no reports of hostile fire aimed at the Israeli military forces at the time of the incident.
The government also heard that Israeli troops had ignored flares fired by Irish soldiers to indicate a UN post had been hit.
These flares had been fired the fatal wounding of the soldier from Sligo Town.
report for the government said “all the circumstances of the case
suggested the incident was a deliberate and unprovoked attack.”
The Israeli government initially said, noted the report, that the incident was an accident.
it later clarified that an Israeli officer new to the area had
overruled a subordinate and instructed that the UN post be fired on.
Peter Barry said, however, he did not accept Israel’s claims that the
UN post had been mis-identified by Israeli soldiers.
the Minister and his Cabinet colleague Paddy O’Toole, Minister for
Defence, had formally protested after previous incidents.
These included incidents of close fire on Irish soldiers serving with the UN mission.