Soldier Widow Awarded €100,000 from State

The widow of a peace-keeping soldier has been awarded
€100,000 for the loss of her husband, who died more than 20
years ago while serving overseas. Private Maddix Armstrong (26) was killed by a
landmine while on patrol near the town of Brashit in Lebanon on March 21. 1989

Maddix’s widow, Grainne, alleged that the State had failed
in its responsibility to take all reasonable precautions to ensure her husband’s
safety. She took action against the State and the Minister for Defence. Grainne
alleged that Maddix was told to travel by truck into an area with an
ever-present danger of landmines without remote-sensing equipment and with no
prior search of the area carried out.

Defence Minister Alan Shatter later announced that a review
in Maddix’s death, and the two soldiers he was with at the time, would be
carried out.