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Defence Minister Simon Coveney, shaking hands with Cpl Pierce Foley, and accompanied by Brigadier General Kieran Brennan, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, before the troops are deployed to Sierra Leone.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney, shaking hands with Cpl Pierce Foley, and accompanied by Brigadier General Kieran Brennan, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, before the troops are deployed to Sierra Leone.

Four members of the Medical Team  L to R-Tpr Richard Fitzgerald, Cpl Frank Noonan, Capt Eugene O'Connor, Cpl Pierce Foley

Four members of the Medical Team L to R-Tpr Richard Fitzgerald, Cpl Frank Noonan, Capt Eugene O'Connor, Cpl Pierce Foley

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Defence Minister Simon Coveney, shaking hands with Cpl Pierce Foley, and accompanied by Brigadier General Kieran Brennan, General Officer Commanding 1 Brigade, before the troops are deployed to Sierra Leone.

Five troops left Ireland today to join forces with a taskforce to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.

The Defence Forces medical personnel have travelled to the Britain for training before joining the UK Armed Forces Treatment Unit in Kerry Town.

For three months the specialist troops will be giving treatment to frontline healthcare workers at the facility.

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey, from Glasgow, had been working with Save the Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town when she contracted the disease.

The soldiers - Sgt Dave Sliney, Tpr Richard Fitzgerald, Cpl Frank Noonan, Capt Eugene O'Connor, Cpl Pierce Foley -  are the second group of Irish soldiers to travel to the west African country.

Three were deployed last November to support staff in the Irish Embassy in Freetown.

“The Defence Forces medical team consists of a military doctor, three medical non-commissioned officers and a medically qualified trooper,” said a spokesman.

“The team will conduct initial training in Aldershot Barracks in the UK where they will receive mission briefings, treatment protocol training and personal protective equipment training with the task force.”

The five are expected to arrive in Sierra Leone on January 15th for a three month tour of duty.

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