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# Operation Irini

This year
2023
Irish naval ship tasked with enforcing Libyan arms blockade is ready to board smuggler vessels
The LÉ William Butler Yeats will depart from its base in Cork Harbour this weekend.
Irish Navy to use crew from tied-up ship to fill gaps while Ireland partakes in Med mission
The LÉ William Butler Yeats is set to sail to participate in Operation Irini, an EU mission to prevent arms smuggling into war torn Libya.
LÉ William Butler Yeats to be sent to Mediterranean as part of arms embargo on Libya
Opposition TDs had raised ethical concerns about the mission’s work with the Libyan Coast Guard.
Opposition TDs raise concerns about proposed naval mission in the Mediterranean
An amendment was also added to the government’s motion by Social Democrat TD Gary Gannon.
Irish Naval Service to send ship to combat arms smugglers off coast of Libya
The Government cleared the way this morning for the deployment.
Last year
2022
Inside Operation Irini: Smugglers, social media clues and the high seas search for illegal arms
In our second piece on Operation Irini, Niall O’Connor examines the broader strategy of the EU mission.
Operation Irini: With Irish forces inside a mission to end arms smuggling to Libya
Our first article in a two part series on the work of the Irish Defence Forces in dealing with arms smuggling in Libya.