Defence Minister Michael Smith and Lt Gen Colm Mangan, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, joined members of the dead soldier’s family when Sgt Mooney’s body was flown to Baldonnel yesterday evening. The funeral is due to take place in Dublin tomorrow.
Sgt Mooney, 33, from Blackrock, Co Dublin, died in hospital after the Land Rover he was travelling in with two colleagues left the road 40km south east of the capital, Monrovia. He had arrived the previous week with a 40-strong advance party to provide protection for the Irish contingent, due to fly to Liberia this month.
A single man, based in the Curragh, Co Kildare, he formed part of the elite Ranger wing. A Ranger colleague, Sgt Sean Baldwin, 39, from Newbridge, Co Kildare, underwent major surgery for a leg injury on board the Dutch medical vessel, the Rotterdam, moored off Monrovia.