Efforts to return Rory Mason’s remains from Ukraine

The Irish government is working with Kyiv authorities and Rory Mason’s family to bring home the remains of the Irishman killed in action in Ukraine.

The 23-year-old Dunboyne native was killed last week while serving with the International Legion in Defense of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region.

Meanwhile, the government is also involved in helping to bring home Co Meath man Brian Meagher, who was injured in the war, through the Medevac programme.

Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said the embassy was “very active and busy” working on a number of consular files. But he did not specify the number of Irish who are fighting in Ukraine during the war.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the minister reiterated that the government’s message is that Irish citizens should not travel to Ukraine to fight in the war there.

“We strongly advise against anyone traveling to Ukraine. It is a country at war. It is a country that we are helping in any way we can to help Ukrainians protect themselves from Russian aggression. the advice is that people should not travel to Ukraine.”

The minister said it was his responsibility to send a clear message to Irish people: “Ukraine is not a place people should travel to.

“We are providing a lot of help to Ukraine through different means, but I would strongly advise against Irish people traveling to fight in the war.”

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