New deal to allow Chernobyl visits to continue

A deal has been signed to allow Chernobyl children to continue to travel freely to Ireland.

The future of the rest and recuperation visits was thrown into jeopardy following a clampdown by Belarus when a child failed to return from a visit to the US in August last year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin however says a new agreement between Ireland and Belarus means the Irish visits will continue.

Irish families have been hosting Chernobyl children for the past 17 years.

Around 180 children travel at Christmas, while as many as 2,500 travel for a summer holiday.

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