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28 May 2022

Longford TD wants Russian ambassador to Ireland expelled as anti-war protests continue

Longford TD wants Russian ambassador to Ireland expelled as anti-war protests continue

Longford TD wants Russian ambassador to Ireland expelled as anti-war protests continue

Pressure is growing on the Irish Government to expel the Russian ambassador, as protests continued in Dublin against the invasion of Ukraine.

Longford TD Joe Flaherty and Roscommon Senator Eugene Murphy are among a group of Fianna Fáil backbench TDs, Senators and MEPs who are supporting the calls for the Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov to be expelled.

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On Saturday (February 26) afternoon, dozens of protesters once again gathered outside the Russian Embassy in south Dublin to call on Russia to end the attacks on Ukraine. 

Labour TD Ivana Bacik and Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher were among the crowd.

It comes amid growing calls for the Russian Ambassador to be expelled from Ireland.

Members of the governing coalition parties joined in calls from Sinn Féin and other opposition parties to have Yury Filatov removed from the country. 

By 6pm on Saturday, 35 Fianna Fáil TDs and senators had signed a petition calling on Mr Filatov to be expelled.

Earlier, the chair of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee and senior Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan, had also tweeted a call for the ambassador to be forced to leave Ireland.

A protest was also held in Dublin city centre on Saturday, as crowds gathered on O’Connell Street to oppose the Russian action in Ukraine.

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