The government has belatedly recognised the soldiers for their bravery.Until the early 21st century, the Irish state did not give much recognition to the battle of Jadotville. The term "Jadotville Jack" was sometimes applied as a term of derision about the Irish Defence Forces.
The Catholic Church practically ran the Republic at the time of the Siege of Jadotville and stresses the obligation to respect the sanctity of human life. Therefore, one would assume that the Church hierarchy would be glad that all the Irish soldiers who fought at Jadotville survived.
So why were they ostracised?