The family of an Irishman who died in a suspected case of Ebola in Donegal first learned his death may be linked to the disease through the media, a parish priest has claimed.
Relatives of 43-year-old Dessie Quinn, who was found dead in his parent's home on Wednesday, were not told of medics' suspicions before the country's Health Services Executive issued a public statement last night, Father Adrian Gavigan said.
"It was told to the public, it was not told to the family. The family told me that they had no word at all from the Health Service Executive that this is what is being investigated," he said.
The HSE insisted that it maintained close contact with the Quinn family following the father-of-one's death and said that it only issued the statement following media reports.
"The HSE was in contact with some family members from the outset of the tragic situation yesterday," a spokeswoman said.
"The story broke in the media just before 6pm yesterday at which point the HSE had to make a public statement on the matter, given the urgency and nature of a public health issue such as this.
"The HSE has expressed its sincere condolences to the family for their loss."
More than 160 staff will work in a UK-funded facility in Sierra Leone which is due to open in October.
UK trials of a vaccine for the Ebola virus began today - but some experts complain that the response has been a long time coming.
A Swansea doctor who took leave to treat Ebola patients in Africa, is back on the wards after three weeks in isolation.