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Irish Army
Óglaigh na hÉireann

The Army, as part of the Defence Forces consists of approximately 8,500 men and women. The country is divided into three different areas for administrative and operational reasons. Each area has its own Infantry Brigade.

1 Southern Brigade   2 Eastern Brigade  4 Western Brigade

As part of the Defence Forces the role of the Army is:
- to defend the State against armed aggression.
- to aid the Civil Power
- to participate in multinational peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations in support of the United Nations and under UN mandate , including regional security missions authorised by the UN
- to carry out such other duties as may be assigned to them from time to time.
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