May 2013: British and Irish troops serving together overseas.
Members of the Royal Irish Regiment (RIR) and the Irish Defence Forces (IDF) have embarked on a joint military deployment to Africa. According to RTE, the Irish Minister for Defence sees this as progress towards the enhancement of relationships between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
RTE announcement of the intended joint operational deployment, February 2013: http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/
0213/367637-irish-and-uk- troops-to-train-mali-military- units/
British Forces Broadcasting Service video of RIR and IDF on joint pre-deployment training, March 2013: http://bfbs.com/news/
northern-ireland/royal-irish- regiment-set-mali-duties- 63088.html
BBC update, May 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/