Department of Defence
Published at: 16 April 2020
Last updated 12 May 2020
Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD, has paid tribute to the former Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General James (Jim) Parker DSM, who has sadly passed.
Minister Kehoe said:
"In a distinguished 44-year military career, Lt Gen Parker served the State with courage and conviction culminating in his appointment as Chief of Staff in 1989.
As a leader, a public servant and mentor, Lt Gen Parker displayed all of the values that underpin Óglaigh na hÉireann.
While at home, he filled various senior positions in the army and in Defence Forces Headquarters.
He also provided dedicated service to UN peacekeeping missions in many conflict zones as well as making an important contribution to the development of modern peacekeeping.
On behalf of the Government and the entire Defence Organisation, I wish to pay my deepest condolences to Jim’s wife Breeda, children and wider family and friends."
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