The Defence Forces have confirmed that four Irish soldiers have been charged with personal misconduct and breaking UN regulations in Eritrea.

On RTÉ Radio, Commandant Brian Cleary said that the charges followed an investigation into complaints that Irish peacekeepers had been involved with underage Eritrean women.

At preliminary arraignment hearings, the troops pleaded guilty to misconduct. Underage sex charges were not proven.

Commandant Cleary said the chances that the soldiers involved would be promoted or stationed abroad were very slim.