UN veteran takes command of Southern Brigade

A senior army officer who coordinated security for UN agencies in war-torn Syria has assumed command of the Defence Force’s 1st Southern Brigade.

Brig Gen Derry Fitzgerald, 58, from Co Galway, took the salute from soldiers at Collins Barracks in Cork yesterday morning, before performing his first official function — overseeing the passing out ceremony for the 35 members of the 125th recruit battalion.

Brig Gen Fitzgerald joined the Defence Forces as a cadet in Apr 1972.

He has worked at all levels of the defence forces from platoon commander to infantry battalion commander to director of infantry.

His previous appointments include unit intelligence officer to head of section at Defence Forces headquarters.

Promoted to colonel in 2007, he was appointed director of intelligence in Mar 2009.

He was promoted to Brig General earlier this month and appointed general officer commanding of the 1st Southern Brigade.

Brig Gen Fitzgerald had served two tours of duty in the Lebanon, in 1981 and in 1986.

He returned to the Middle East in 1996 for an 18-month stint where he was the security coordinator for UN agencies in Syria.

He served in East Timor in 1999 and the Balkans in 2001.

He was deputy head of mission in Kosovo and returned again in 2005 as a contingent commander with the Irish Infantry group.

He was deputy force commander of the UN mission in Chad in 2007-2008.

A graduate of the Irish Defence Forces Military College, Brig Gen Fitzgerald also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from NUI Galway and a Master of Business Administration from the Smurfit Business School, He is the brother of former Irish rugby captain, Ciarán Fitzgerald


More in this Section

Megan Halvey-Ryan to run half-marathon after scoliosis surgery success

Three people killed as Ireland feels the full force of Storm Ophelia

Government urged to seek emergency cash from EU crisis fund

Schools closed again as building inspections set to begin in earnest


Breaking Stories

Sinn Féin and DUP ‘not close to a deal’, says Leo Varadkar

DUP and Sinn Féin differ on subject of Bill Clinton talks

American tourists win €350,000 in separate Lotto wins

Retired surgeon denies assaulting six teenage boys

Lifestyle

Remembering the dead: Poignant reason behind Cork’s Zombie Walk

Eight events around Ireland to check out for some frightful fun this Halloween

Massacre at mass on Scariff Island

Ask Audrey: 'It’s like I’m in a horror movie called Revenge of the Norries'

More From The Irish Examiner