At a meeting of Cork City Council, held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Tuesday 29th March 2016, an tArd Mhéara Cllr Chris O’Leary proposed and it was approved by an Chomhairle that the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Adi Roche of the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) .
An tArd Mhéara is today meeting with senior Cork City Council officials to begin planning the arrangements for the ceremony.
Ms Roche is the founder of the charity Chernobyl Children International (CCI) which has raised more than €100 million to help those most affected by the world’s worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl, Belarus, on April 26, 1986. Deeply affected by the images of horror from Chernobyl, Ms Roche left her job in Aer Lingus in the immediate aftermath of the accident and headed out to Belarus in 1986. She formally founded CCI in 1991.
During the coming months many international events are being organised to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. One of the most cherished Irish traditions in recent years sees CCI bringing over children affected by the devastation to Ireland every Christmas.
The Lord Mayor and Chief Executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty, accompanied Ms Roche to Belarus earlier this year to witness the work of the charity at first hand.
An tArd Mhéara Cllr Chris O’Leary commented that as
“As first citizen of Cork City, I was delighted to travel to the Ukraine in February to witness at first hand the tremendous work being carried out by the Charity and the volunteers. It is the only non-government aid organisation in Chernobyl recognised by the United Nations and has become the largest global contributor to victims of the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus. I am happy the Council has decided to honour Adi and her charity by conferring her with the Freedom of the City”.