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Ukrainian Ambassador Larysa Gerasko thanks people of Limerick for their support on courtesy visit to city

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Larysa Gerasko and Mayor Daniel Butler with representatives of Limerick City & County Council, Limerick Childcare Committee, Local Link, Paul Partnership, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Civil Defence, An Garda Síochána, HSE, Mid-West Simon, Doras, Department of Social Protection, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Ballyhoura Development, Limerick Volunteer Centre, Public Participation Network, West Limerick Resources, TUSLA, Zero Cost Shop volunteers, St Munchin’s Community Centre and the Citizens Information Service. Picture: Paul Mullins.

Around 1,150 Ukrainian people are currently staying in Limerick in a variety of accommodation centres, tourist accommodation, student accommodation and with host families

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Kieran Lehane, Director of Services LCCC; Sonja Reidy, Senior Executive Officer LCCC; Mayor Daniel Butler; Ambassador Larysa Gerasko; Kateryna Nahirniak, Ukrainian Representative; Seamus O’Connor, Senior Social Worker LCCC and Sean Coughlan, Deputy Chief Executive LCCC.

The Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland Larysa Gerasko has thanked the people of Limerick for their generosity and welcome they have shown to refugees fleeing the war in her home country.

Ambassador Gerasko made her comments on a visit to Limerick during which she met with the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler and members of the displaced Ukrainian community who are now living in Limerick.

Around 1,150 Ukrainian people are currently staying in Limerick in a variety of accommodation centres, tourist accommodation, student accommodation and with host families.

Mayor Butler informed the Ambassador that Limerick City and County Council is working closely with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and the International Organisation for Migration to identify suitable accommodation for those who require it.

The Council is also acting as co-ordinator for all of the agencies and community groups who are responding to the needs of the Ukrainians refugees.

These agencies and groups are providing medical support, education, social welfare, transport, protection, and information supports.

The Ambassador expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Mayor, the staff of Limerick City and County Council and all agencies involved in supporting the new arrivals to Limerick. 

The Ambassador was then invited to lunch by the residents of St Lelia’s, a rest centre accommodating displaced Ukrainians and operated by St Munchin’s Community Centre on behalf of Limerick City and County Council. The residents led the Ambassador on a tour of their accommodation where she took time to speak to each family about their journey to Limerick.

The children waved flags, spoke to the Ambassador, presented her with art and were delighted to show the Ambassador their new surroundings. The residents prepared a traditional meal with borscht, holubtsi, deruni and other fare for the Ambassador.

Ambassador Gerasko then met with some of the community groups and agencies (including Limerick Childcare Committee, Local Link, Paul Partnership, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Civil Defence, An Garda Síochána, HSE, Mid-West Simon, Doras, Department of Social Protection, Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, Ballyhoura Development, Limerick Volunteer Centre, Public Participation Network, West Limerick Resources, TUSLA, Zero Cost Shop volunteers, St Munchin’s Community Centre and the Citizens Information Service) who are responding to the needs of the Ukrainians while in Limerick.

Ambassador Gerasko expressed her gratitude and that of the Ukrainian people for the efforts and services being provided for those who needed them in Limerick.

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