Meath County Council was pleased to host a special screening of the film ‘Olga’ on the eve of Ukrainian Independence Day. Almost 200 Ukrainians from across the county gathered at Solstice Theatre in Navan for the event. While celebrations this year will be somewhat muted to previous years, Meath County Council was delighted to celebrate the event in some small way, with the Ukrainian people in our communities.

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Nick Killian remarked “Meath County Council and the people of Meath stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who have shown extraordinary courage and resilience in the face of such hardship. Together we wish for peace, harmony and prosperity for Ukraine and its people. The flag of Ukraine has a deep historical tradition, and we are proud to continue to fly the Ukrainian flag at our civic buildings to show our solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”

Deputy Chief Executive Mr. Barry Lynch noted that the Community Response Forum (which had previously dealt with the Covid Pandemic) had been re-established to co-ordinate the community-led response by providing a co-ordination point for the community and voluntary sector. This forum has been very active in linking people with services and is made up of representatives from various state, private, community and voluntary organisations. All of these agencies are working together to welcome the Ukrainian people into our communities and to provide them with the necessary supports. Details of many of the services available can be accessed through the Council’s home page which has a dedicated information section that has been translated for people from Ukraine. The forum can also be contacted directly by email by using the address