Seven Irish soldiers are set to leave for peacekeeping duties with the United Nations in Afghanistan.

Ireland had offered about 30 troops to serve with the mission, but the UN says it has sufficient numbers from other countries.

The Irish contingent will be based at the mission headquarters in Kabul. One Lieutenant Colonel, three Commandants and three senior NCOs will be involved. They will be engaged in logistics, personnel, intelligence and operations.

The Defence Forces had offered to send rangers to provide training for other troops.

The Chief of Staff said the Afghan mission is a further example of Ireland’s commitment to supporting the UN. Lieutenant General Colm Mangan said it was another opportunity for the Defence Forces to serve the cause of international peace and security.