On Saturday 18 June 2016 Irish mefloquine veterans, their friends and families rallied at the National Memorial in Merrion Square, Dublin, to commemorate the lives lost to this drug and to protest against government inaction.
“You are the people who, sadly, have had to carry this battle. It’s you, yourselves as individuals. Some of your fellow soldiers, friends, or family members, who’ve had to endure this appalling nightmare. Healthy, fit men, who’s lives were taken away from them. Who were ripped from their families. For no good reason whatsoever, other than intransigence by the political establishment in Ireland and it’s just not good enough.
“Our job is to assist you in the struggle to get justice for that. We tried in the course of the last [session of government] against a very inflexible government. That government did get a fair kicking at the election but sadly not enough. They’re back now, on a knife edge, but in a much weaker position, and we can affect a lot more pressure on them now.
“So we’re very much proud to be here. We’re sorry that we have to be here, but justice will prevail, as long as you continue to organise. Your fellow soldiers from across the world have all the evidence that we need, but it’s our job to put it on the government’s table. So I salute your efforts and certainly pledge to do everything we can to assist in that struggle.”