Foreign Affairs Committee to consider Ebola outbreak with leading NGOs

September 23rd, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade meets tomorrow with GOAL and Médecins Sans Frontières to consider the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Health will also attend the meeting.

The current outbreak of Ebola in a number of West African countries has been the deadliest to date, with almost 3,000 people dying from the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in recent months.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen says: “Tomorrow’s meeting is a timely opportunity for our Committee to assess the severe impact of the Ebola virus in West Africa with representatives from Goal and Médecins Sans Frontières. It also affords members the chance to hear for themselves the actions being taken by our own statutory bodies particularly in view of the fact that it follows yesterday’s announcement by Government that €600,000 has been allocated to West Africa to tackle the spread of Ebola. Committee Members will be keen to explore the courageous work being done by both NGOs in the affected region, and look forward to assessing what further actions are required – both on the ground and at international level – to tackle and eradicate this devastating virus.”

The meeting commences tomorrow Wednesday 24 September at 2:30 pm. It will be broadcast on the new dedicated Oireachtas TV Channel on UPC 207 and Sky 574. It also can be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/.