FLAG We’ll consider hosting Ukrainians at home – and celebrate St Patrick’s Day together, Taoiseach says 2022
TAOISEACH Micheal Martin today denounced Russia’s conflict on Ukraine as “barbaric and immoral” and said Ireland’s humanitarian response to migrants overrides security measures.
The Fianna Fail leader wore both a blue and yellow scarf as well as a green one for commemoration in London. He said that Ireland could take in 100,000 people fleeing the war zone in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Natalia Lesyuk, a London-based Ukrainian, led the procession while carrying the Ukrainian flag. With the help of his wife Mary, Michael expressed an interest in taking in refugees from Ukraine.
We will respond as a family, he added. “We would all play our part,” he said. “I think these are personal decisions that every family needs to take.” That’s something we’ll talk about.
It’s no secret that we’re thinking about it, as is everyone else.
Speaking at Trafalgar Square, Ireland’s Taoiseach said: “Part of our St Patrick’s Day program also, given the terrible dark cloud that hangs over the world and Europe, in the form of what has been an immoral and barbaric war on the people of Ukraine, it is important that as we come together during the St. Patrick Day festival, to highlight and illustrate and show our solidarity with t t. t.”
“And we’re delighted that Natalia Lesyuk, a member of the Ukrainian community in London, is here today as a grand marshal. To Natalia, her family, and the Ukrainian people: “We’re here today to support you and your people, and it’s an honor to have you with us this afternoon at the parade. We’ll do everything we can.”
In her role as grand marshal, Ms. Lesyuk, 57, who hails from western Ukraine and has lived in London for nearly 30 years, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity.
It means a lot to her folks that she was invited and that the Irish community has shown its support and solidarity.
In a statement, Ms. Lesyuk said the flag’s appearance in the parade will “show them that they’re not forgotten and they will never be forgotten and they will be supported everywhere,” and that “every single Ukrainian who lives throughout the world in every single country” means a lot.
To demonstrate her support for the people of Ukraine, she has been protesting every day, she remarked in an interview.
It was just a little to let them know. Brave are they.
They are all very brave. I don’t know what to say. Fearless. And I know that they’ll be there until the final shot is fired,” he continues.
“Incredible” has been the word used by Ms. Lesyuk to describe Ireland’s willingness to take refugees from Ukraine.
According to the Taoiseach, Ireland has taken in 5,500 refugees escaping the Russian incursion so far.
According to Ms. Lesyuk, “I have no words” sprang to mind when she thought about the Irish response.
“At the beginning, I was terrified to go asleep,” she said of her life since the start of the conflict. Waking up was terrifying. “That’s where my entire extended family is located.”
Her mother, who is 80 years old, and her two brothers, as well as their families, live in Ukraine.
“It’s heartbreaking,” she added. It isn’t even a war. Invasion is cruel and criminal. I’m a mother, a sister, and a daughter when someone is killing children, moms, and the elderly. It’s incredible, in my opinion.”
He added that “the worst displacement of people since World War II” will put humanitarian concerns ahead of security measures.
Additional comments from Martin: “Our basic impulse is to aid that fleeing war
“A succession of atrocities is engulfing the people of Ireland. People are shocked by what they see on television every night, and there is a strong desire to aid women and children.
More than two-thirds of people who arrived in the initial wave had family ties to Ireland, according to Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny.
‘BALANCING OF ISSUES’
While it will be logistically “extremely difficult” to relocate more than 100,000 Ukrainians to Ireland, there is money in the Covid contingency funds that might be used.
“There is always a balance of problems, we keep lines open with our UK colleagues – the Home Secretary (Priti Patel) and our Minister for Justice Helen McEntee have been in regular touch,” he said on BBC Sunday Morning when asked about security checks for persons arriving in Ireland.
It was an honor to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spoke highly of Ireland’s humanitarian efforts.
According to Mr. Martin, the humanitarian response “trumps everything.”
MONITORING THE SITUATION
We will, however, keep an eye on what’s going on, as our security personnel will.
There is no doubt that some bad actors may try to take advantage of the humanitarian catastrophe, but our security personnel will keep an eye on things in general.
According to him, the EU’s position is that all borders should be open to Ukrainians at all times.
As he went on to say, “The Prime Minister’s only conversation with me was based on his praise for the Irish humanitarian response and nothing more.” The subject of security was not broached at the meeting.