The President Michael D Higgins has strongly urged the international community to provide the necessary assistance to African countries currently tackling the deadly Ebola virus.
President Higgins made his comments during a trip to Ethiopia where he is currently undertaking a state visit to Africa.
Mr Higgins described the Ebola virus as “the latest, greatest, dreadful challenge to the continent of Africa”.
Mr Higgins told the local media: “I think it is very important that those countries which are among the poorest on our planet and who have the least capacity, be assisted to deal with this issue on the ground for them so that it is the best approach.”
It is understood that President Higgins will also visit Malawi and South Africa during his trip to the continent of Africa.