The EU has approved a military mission to the Central African Republic (CAR).
French troops are already trying to keep peace in the troubled African state.
Conflict has escalated in the CAR with almost 1 million people fleeing the violence.
The Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has already ruled out Irish involvement in any EU mission.
“I think it is unlikely that Ireland will participate in that mission because we’re already very heavily committed with the troops that we already have in UNIFIL in Lebanon, and the mission we sent recently to the Syrian border….which was a special request by the United Nations Secretary-General that we would send that mission” he said.
“I think it is understood among other countries that we are already very heavily committed in our overseas commitments by our defence forces” he added.