Today, I had the privilege of attending a meeting in Leinster House, (the Irish Parliament in Dublin) on the crisis in Ukraine.

The meeting was attended by many TDs and Senators (Irish Parliamentarians), as well as Ambassadors from 34 countries. We heard a very moving address from Her Excellency, Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland. There were responses from representatives of the Irish Government and civil society as to how Ireland can help the people of the Ukraine now.

With Ambassador Gerasko after her address. I assured her of the prayers of the Presentation Brothers and the Presentation Family. She appreciated this very much and said the prayers for her people were so needed.

Minister Sean Fleming addressed the meeting on the response of the Irish Government to the crisis in Ukraine.

Pat Carey, Chair of the Irish Red Cross. Yesterday alone, they received three quarters of a million euros in cash and cheques from ordinary Irish people, not including online donations. The amount donated is rising each day.

With H.E. Anna Sochanska, Ambassador of Poland to Ireland.

With H.E. Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okola, Papal Nuncio to Ireland. He was formerly stationed in Trinidad and knew the Presentation Brothers in the West Indies. The Holy See is working strenuously behind the scenes to try to bring peace to Ukraine.

Senator Ronan Mullan and Parliamentary Assistant, Jeff Egan. Ronan has been a constant campaigner for justice and human rights. He is a great friend of the Presentation Family and supporter of the L.E.A.F. Project. I was Ronan’s guest at a working breakfast meeting before the Ukraine meeting.

Ambassadors from so many countries express solidarity with the Ambassador of Ukraine.