Fine Gael councilors in Dublin City Council are seeking a partnership between Dublin and the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
At his peak ahead of tomorrow’s vote, Fine Gael Councilor James Geoghegan said the origin of town twinning across Europe was historically to repair the relationships between European towns and cities after World War II.
“This may be one of the last opportunities, but hopefully not, for Dublin to work with a free and independent Kyiv.
“We have a chance to demonstrate to the Ukrainian people, both abroad and at home, the deep bonds our people wish to cultivate with our fellow European citizens fighting to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.”
Dublin currently has a partnership with Beijing in China and has an informal agreement with St Petersburg in Russia.
The partnership with Kyiv is another step “to strengthen the bond between our two European nations,” said Cllr Geoghegan.
Cllr Ray McAdam said he hoped the Dublin-Kyiv partnership would lay the groundwork to help them rebuild after the war ended.
“Hopefully other European capitals could follow suit so cities and countries can work together to help the people of Ukraine.”
The Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland accepted the emergency motion from Fine Gael councilors on Friday and it will now be put to the vote at Monday night’s monthly Dublin City Council meeting at Mansion House.
https://www.independent.ie/news/fine-gael-councillors-submit-motion-for-dublin-to-enter-into-twinning-arrangement-with-kyiv-41417373.html Fine Gael councilors table an application for Dublin to enter into a ‘twinning’ agreement with Kyiv