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In October 2015, the Medical Independent (MI) reported that the Department of Defence was considering a medal to recognise the work carried out by military personnel in the fight against the recent Ebola outbreak.
Earlier this year, the Department announced the details of a new Defence Forces International Operational Service Medal.
The medal “is designed to recognise the service of Defence Forces personnel who have been deployed on overseas missions by direction of the Government where no other mission medal has been awarded”.
It has previously been announced that Naval Service personnel will receive the medal for their work in humanitarian search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
However, a Department spokesperson told MI that the medal will also be awarded to people who were involved in the operations against Ebola.
“Military personnel who were deployed to counter the Ebola crisis and who meet the service requirement for the award of the medal will also be awarded the medal,” said the spokesperson.
“The medal may be awarded to officers, non-commissioned officers and privates of the Permanent Defence Force and to members of the Army Nursing and Chaplaincy Services in recognition of their operational service outside the State on a mission as part of a unit, group, contingent or as individual members of the Permanent Defence Force,” said the spokesperson, who did not provide numbers on how many medals would be awarded.