Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has criticised the European Union's reaction to the Ebola outbreak in west African and called for the deployment of immediate medical aid.
Speaking after voting for for immediate action on Ebola in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said;
"The Ebola virus is now affecting the whole west African region yet the response from the international community has been dangerously inadequate.
"We are in the grip of a public health crisis of international concern.
"Sinn Féin is concerned about the slow and derisory reaction from Europe to this Ebola outbreak.
"The European council of ministers need to meet and mobilise an immediate medial response to provide humanitarian aid by deploying medical staff.
"The EU could learn from Cuba which has already deployed 165 specialised medical staff. Europe needs to at least match that response before it is too late."