20. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether the Irish peacekeeping contingent serving with UNDOF should be withdrawn (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3366/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was established on 31 May 1974 by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 350 (1974), following the agreed disengagement of the Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights in May 1974. 
UNDOF was established to:
- Maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria
- Supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces; and
- Supervise the areas of separation and ...