Coveney To Witness First-Hand The Horrors Of Dublin Airport
MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has described his visit today to Dublin Airport as ‘harrowing’ and ‘a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit’, while on his way to meet Ukrainian government representatives in Kyiv today.
The flight from Dublin marks the first time Coveney had visited the war-torn airport since the start of the weeks of chaos that have followed the DAA’s lay-off of huge numbers of staff, and the Cork TD had extra army security assigned to him to ensure he made to to Kyiv safely.
“You don’t know how lucky you have it, until you’ve witnessed first-hand the horrors of Dublin Airport,” said a visibly-moved Coveney as he met with a very sympathetic Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“Men, women, children, families – all in upheaval, all trying their best to get out of the country. Some of them there for hours at a time. Atrocious scenes, just ghastly. I had heard how bad it was and I thought I understood, but it’s only when you see it with your own eyes that you really appreciate the humanitarian cost of it all. God help them, the poor divils. Anyways, how’s yourself? Up to much these days?”.
Coveney concluded his trip to Kyiv by pleading with Zelenskyy to donate provisions to Dublin airport to help with the crisis such as personnel, equipment, weapons, anything.